L.I.F.E. Program-L.I.F.E. Program- Learning in a Functional Environment (L.I.F.E.) is a newly developed program offered at Upper Merion Area Middle School. L.I.F.E is a comprehensive program that integrates job skills, daily living skills, academics, and social skills into daily instruction.-Academics- Students will receive instruction in Language Arts, Math, and Science/Social Studies on a daily basis. Special Education teachers will teach language Arts, Math, and Science/Social Studies, where modification to the curriculum will be made to meet student needs. Inclusion opportunities will be offered, at a minimum, of 2 days per cycle for 45 minutes in Science/Social Studies class. Further opportunities for inclusion will be explored throughout the school year.-Daily Living Skills- Students will receive instruction in daily living skills on a daily basis. Students will develop the following daily living skills- food preparation, laundry, gardening, etc…-Job Skills- Through the newly developed ‘Coffee-to-You’ business, students will learn various job skills that will be useful and valuable when they transition to employment. Under adult supervision, students will develop the following job skills- controlling/maintaining an inventory and budget, food preparation, delivery of food products, etc…-Social Skills- Students will receive instruction in Social Skills on a daily basis. Based on student need, various researched based programs will be used to reinforce and strengthen student communication and social skills.
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