Life Skills

Mrs. Cowing, Life Skills Teacher, Special Education Case Manager

We use the The Zones of Regulation in Life Skills. Here is some information and a link to find out more.


The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. 

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

What zone are you in?

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We also use Life Centered Education (LCE) in Life Skills.


LCE identifies three critical domains for adult living in the 21st century - daily living skills, self determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills.

  • Daily Living Skills - Teach your students how to manage personal finances (including using credit cards, check cards, etc.), household management, personal needs, family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibility and leisure activities
  • Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills - Help your students develop self-awareness, self-confidence, socially responsible behavior, good interpersonal skills, independence, decision-making and good communication skills.
  • Employment Skills - Open the door to employment possibilities and choices for your students in the 21st century, by teaching them appropriate work habits, how to seek and maintain employment, physical/manual skills, and specific job competencies.

LCE further divides these domains into 20 competencies and 94 sub-competencies, further broken down by objective. Within each objective are at least three lesson plans that follow an Awareness, Explanation, Preparation (AEP) learning sequence to ensure true content mastery. Many lesson plans have accompanying fact sheets, worksheets and other activities to provide additional engaging and meaningful learning activities. View the entire LCE Curriculum Matrix to see the depth and breadth of the curriculum as a whole.