Life Skills

Learning to look after yourself is an essential life skill and the first step to independence.

Life Skills

Learning to look after yourself is an essential life skill and the first step to independence. At secondary school age these skills including dressing skills, kitchen skills and managing your money. Dressing skills include tying your shoe laces and tying your school tie. Kitchen skills include making a drink, making a snack or preparing a meal. Managing your money includes understanding money, budgeting and saving.

Tying Shoelaces

If you need some help with tying your laces why not try out some of our methods below and find the one that suits you. Remember to take your time!

One Loop Traditional Method

This video shows the One Loop Method.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for One Loop Method

New Modern Method for Shoelaces

This new method is another way to tie your shoelaces. This method is good for right and left handed people.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for New Method

Initial Knot

This video shows an alternative technique to create the initial knot.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for Initial Knot

Hint to Ensure Initial Knot is Secure

This technique helps to stop the laces becoming too loose when starting to tie a shoelace. It involves wrapping the lace round twice instead of once.

Double Knot at End of Shoe Lacing

This technique helps to stop the shoelace knot falling out. It involves knotting the two loops at the end.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for Double Knotting at the End

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Tying a Tie

At secondary school you are more likely to wear a school tie.  At primary school you may only have worn a tie for school photographs or special occasions. By secondary it is normally expected that you wear a school tie everyday.  It is important to be able to tie a tie independently so that changing for P.E. is not an issue. 

Managing Your Money

Hints and tips on developing independence with money. Understanding money, budgeting and saving are important life skills.

 

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