While some places use the term 'Life Skills' to refer to basic skills for Special Needs children, this does not apply to our curriculum. Our program is intended for all children.
We would be surprised if anyone knew ALL of what we teach. In fact, even as reasonably well adjusted adults :-) the writers of this curriculum learned something from every lesson that we created! And even if they know some of it, it will not hurt for the lessons to be reinforced, important as they are, especially with interaction with classmates and teachers who may help them to see things from a wider perspective.
A couple of points are in order here:
A lot of the services we pay for could be done by us, on a basic level, if we had enough time. Unfortunately, our busy schedules do not allow us a lot of time.
They will be getting a richer perspective on our subjects in our class, with our meticulously researched curriculum, qualified teachers, and interaction with other students. Also, kids at this age often take the same advice better if it comes from somebody other than their parents :-)
We are a business, and like any business, we have expenses, such as salary for our teachers and rent. We feel our price of $16/hr is comparable with academic tutoring services. If you wish to compare with other types of services, $20 is what it will cost you to have your lawn mowed one time. We feel that an hour of life skills instruction for your child which will help him his whole life is a far greater value
We are not. We simply rent space from them, and we are very grateful to them to allow us to do it.