- Moving Out and Budgeting
Moving away from home for the first time is a big step! In this topic you’ll explore some essential tools to help make this a positive, healthy experience. The first step is planning. This involves a lot of research and reflecting on your own personal needs and wants. Once you have a plan, there’s still a lot to learn before signing a rental lease.
This topic also covers basic budgeting skills and managing your cash flow so that your expenses do not exceed your income. You’ll learn about types of expenses you should expect, how to create a budget, and strategies for saving money. A popular cost-saving strategy is to have a roommate – but this can also lead to challenges and conflict. Within this topic, you’ll also explore types of conflicts you might encounter and how to approach a new roommate situation to avoid conflicts to begin with.
The aim of this course is to introduce the steps involved in planning for, financing, searching and moving into your first apartment.
1.Plan for an apartment search
2.Describe my tenant rights and responsibilities
3.Identify expenses and how to manage cash flow when living independently
4.Identify special considerations and tips for living and sharing expenses with roommates or significant others.
How many times have you thought to yourself . . . I could make that, or I could fix that; I don’t need to buy it or hire a professional. “Do-it-yourself” information (better known as DIY) has flooded the marketplace thanks to a diversity of online resources. You can truly “google” anything. The trick is learning to filter the volumes of information out there, take the time to learn the skills needed and recognize when you’re out of your league and need to call in an expert. A DIY project can be very rewarding and save you money too! Proper planning can help ensure its success, help you stay on budget and finish on time.
Learn new skills
Enhance your creativity (or have it as a creative outlet)
Show off your own personal style
To research, plan and execute a DIY project.
1. Research DIY opportunities.
2. Plan a DIY project.
3. Execute and evaluate your project experience.
- Cooking and Nutrition
Everyone needs to eat to live – but food can be so much more than just sustenance! Food brings together cultures, friends and family. Food can be a creative outlet. Some food is better for you
than others. Some foods can be just as easy to prepare and plan than purchasing something
In this topic you’ll have the opportunity to explore nutritional recommendations from Canada’s
Food Guide, and how to create a meal plan that fits into your schedule, works with your budget,
and suits your tastes. You’ll also learn food preparation techniques that are safe and clean and
essential to minimize the incidence of food borne illnesses. Put you culinary skills to the test in
trying new recipes and skills when cooking for yourself and others.
To learn the fundamentals of planning and preparing delicious, nutritious meals safely
and expand your culinary repertoire.
1. Apply Canada’s Food Guide principles when designing a nutritious meal plan
2.Prepare food safely in a clean environment
3.Explore new skills, recipes and/or techniques when preparing meals
- Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies are an easy and productive way to improve your quality of life. Hobbies are usually considered to be activities you engage in, individually or in groups, that are enjoyable and not related to work or school. There are many benefits to having a hobby. Hobbies detract focus from school or job stress or personal issues. Hobbies can increase your self-confidence, creativity and motivation. Some hobbies can even lower blood pressure and increase your heart health! Hobbies can help you find your passion and learn new skills. Completing this elective will help you discover the many benefits of hobbies and spark your interest in a new activity.
To explore the importance of making time for hobbies and interests in a balanced lifestyle.
1. Explore different hobbies and interests.
2. Explore ways to generate income from hobbies.
3. Make time for your personal hobbies and interests.
So you have “Wanderlust”? Whether it’s a family road trip, spring break down south, or a summer
backpacking trip, these tips and tricks will help keep you safe, healthy and organized to help
ensure a positive travel experience.
To ensure happy, healthy and safe travel experiences.
1.Research your destination and plan for safe and secure travel
2.Strategize ways to stay physically and emotionally healthy while traveling
3.Plan a guided or independent trip
- Study Skills
Looking for an alternative to the “all-nighter”? The solution to your fifth cup of coffee? There is
a better way than cramming for an exam!
In this topic, explore skills and techniques to help you make the most of your time, reduce
your stress, and likely improve your grades at the same time. Explore time management skills
and how to pick the perfect study spot so you’re set up for study success. Learn tips to make
the most of your readings and lectures and how to take the best notes so that you’re ready for
You’ll explore the difference between study prep and revision, and pick study options that meet
your needs and learning style. When the pressure mounts, view our essay and test taking tips so
that you stay calm, cool and collected.
Explore study-related skills to feel more prepared and relaxed for tests, papers and exams.
1.Facilitate good study habits by managing your time and picking the right study environment.
2.Practice effective reading, note-taking, study prep and revision techniques.
3.Identify useful test-taking strategies.
- Time Management
Although we may think we’re “expert jugglers”, we all experience times when we feel extra pressure to try and meet all the expectations and demands on our time then regret not having done something we really wanted to do. Having effective time management skills doesn’t mean you have to live a strict, regimented life. Developing time-management skills can actually help you have more time for the things you love to do, reach your goals sooner, and spend less time on tasks because you’re more organized.
Time-management tools and strategies are personal and can be used in different ways depending on your unique needs. Overall, they involve evaluating everything you have to do and want to do, and finding time to do it so that it meets your priorities and goals.
Develop time management skills to help achieve a balanced lifestyle, reduce stress, and meet school/
work/personal commitments and goals.
1.Create a prioritized to-do list to meet commitments and make time for activities that help you meet your goals.
2.Identify strategies to minimize distractions, interruptions and procrastination.
3.Experiment with time management tools to create a personal system.
- Basic Financial Skills (Managing Debt)
Learning how to use debt and savings tools responsibly will help you build a sound financial foundation for your future so you can fulfil some dreams and finance big life goals you might have, like post-secondary education, buying a home, buying a car or starting your own business. You’ll be surprised to learn how companies and banks make money from personal debt. Don’t get caught in the debt cycle. Learn how to make the most of your money.
To introduce the basics of debt management and saving strategies to help build a sound financial foundation for your future.
1.Identify and manage different types of debt.
2.Describe how to use debt options to finance major purchases.
3.Implement saving strategies to minimize debt.
- Basic Financial Skills (Investing)
Many people choose to invest their savings because instead of sitting stagnant in their bank account, it could be generating a higher return through compounding interests (where the money you make from your portfolio is re-invested to generate even more profits). However, it’s important to note that the opposite can also occur and there’s a chance you can lose money on your investments if your portfolio does not perform well.
Understanding the markets and how to use investments to make the most of your money can be complicated as there are a variety of institutions and investment opportunities to suit everyone’s individual needs. Another financial security you will likely need at some point in your life is insurance–
whether it’s for your car, home, trip or health. There are many options available and it’s important to understand how insurance works, types of insurance available and policy differences, how to assess your needs and how to get the best rate for your criteria. This topic provides an introduction to investing and evaluating your financial investment and insurance needs to help you build a sound financial foundation for your future.
To build your financial skills with a focus on investing for your future by making sound investment decisions and selecting appropriate insurance to protect your investments and meet your personal needs.
1.Select appropriate investments for your risk tolerance, timelines and uses.
2.Explain the role of the stock market and how investment compound interest works.
3.Evaluate different types of insurance plans and providers.
- Wilderness First Aid(Investing)
The traditional first aid course assumes access to emergency services within a short amount of time and those services coming to a civic address easily found on a map. A location that is remote, hard to find, hard to reach, and not an address on a map is the reason many people seek out these places. Wilderness First Aid prepares participants to who are in those places to respond to an emergency when it arises.
The course covers:
Transporting casualties from remote locations using improvised stretchers
Safety and communications in a remote location
First aid kit contents and preparation
Splinting using available materials (i.e. branches)
Split into three options, the 1-day wilderness course is for the day-hiker at the nearby Provincial or National park. The 2-day wilderness course covers the overnight, walk-in camper; and 1 day of the course is spent outside applying the skills practiced in classroom.
The 3-day wilderness course is for the multi-night camper who has a significant hike and/or canoe trip to the campsite. The Standard First Aid course is adapted to a wilderness setting and the last day is spent outdoors applying the skills learned in the classroom.
- Babysitting Basics Course
A one-day course aimed at preparing babysitters with the tools they need to care for children from infancy to 10 years old. The course is designed for 11 to 15-year-olds and covers:
Becoming a babysitter – searching for jobs, pre-job interviews, and online etiquette.
Caring for children – Picking up and holding a baby, changing a diaper, toileting, brushing teeth, putting children to bed, and common behavioural issues.
Feeding – bottle and solid food for babies, feeding toddlers and young children, and preparing food.
Children and Play – links between development and play, principles of safety, and being a role model
Safety and Emergencies – preventative steps, handling a fire, and dealing with other emergencies
First Aid – choking, wounds and bleeding, burns, bites and stings, poisons, and allergies
At the end of the course, participants should:
Feel confident in their abilities to safely care for young children
Develop a mature and responsible attitude toward babysitting
Provide physical care for children from infancy to 10 years old
Feel equipped with the tools to deal with emergencies that may arise
Be ready to provide basic first aid
- First Aid in Child Care
- Pet First Aid Course
The Pet First Aid course adapts human first aid approaches to humans to dogs and cats.
The course covers:
Assessment of animals
Artificial respiration and CPR
Vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and shock
Bleeding, burns, and fractures
Delivering puppies or kittens
Bites, stings, parasites, and other environmental emergencies
There is no exam for the course and participants will receive a certificate of participation.