Is a virtue… and it’s also a skill, and one we would all love our children to develop as it serves one so well in later life. The research team at the University of Oregon devised a simple set of games for young children which they have discovered in their study of more than a decade, may really help develop the big three and with it pre-schoolers ‘executive function’.
So what is Executive Function? Its the processes that help join up what we have learnt previously and what we are doing now, for example organizing and planning a piece of work, adding in the required detail and concentrating when learning new information during the planning process.
Well at this time of the year it’s on one of life’s back burners but ….. can anyone argue how necessary it is to learn self restraint and self control. The exercises created by the research team for youngsters were breathtakingly easy to introduce to children.
The Exercises: simple – easy to play but with increasing difficulty built in
Studies suggest children able to focus their concentration on a topic or task earlier find early reading easier and more rewarding, and later in life the stats suggest are more likely to complete their education.
If you have had experience of encouraging a young child to develop these skills we would be very interested to hear your views.