Components of LIFE
The LIFE program is structured around four key components that are research-based and highly effective. Each component has specific activities that promote skills that create desired outcomes for literacy and social-emotional intelligence.
The experience of sharing one’s emotions and having them received by others is critical for brain development, emotional regulation, and the valuing of one’s experience. Emotional Awareness is foundational for building and sustaining relationships, reducing the negative effects of stress, developing discipline and self-control, increasing productivity, and developing a sense of belonging.
Research demonstrates that when parents read out loud to their children, they significantly increase their children’s vocabulary, cognitive skills, memory, curiosity, and motivation towards reading. Providing parents education towards their child’s learning will empower them to be more involved in the development as well their school’s learning community.
Family Identity and Cohesion
Research suggests that activities that help define a family will strengthen bonds between members. By focusing on the positive aspects of each person and the family as a whole, we are increasing positive affect and building resilience.
According to research, supportive adult relationships are important in helping parents develop resilience and reduce the negative effects of stress. In the process of developing this support network, parents and families forge alliances that create a supportive community.