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#5 Executive Function @ Home Activity

All Ages

Musical/Artistic Expression

Areas developed: Attention, impulse control, working memory, cognitive flexibility

Today let's sing and dance!

Learning how to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to improve cognitive skills and strengthen executive function.  The same is true with learning how to sing a new song or engaging in a dance routine.  Such tasks have multiple, complicated processes that must be negotiated simultaneously.  These processes include...

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#4 Executive Function @ Home Activity

Toddlers, PreK - Kindergarten 

Sorting

Areas developed: Organization, Planning, Focus, Pattern Recognition, Memory

Sorting is a foundational math skill for preschoolers.  Sorting activities help children develop the understanding that things are alike and different and can be organized into groups.  Practicing sorting at an early age helps lay the foundation for numerical concepts and grouping numbers and sets when they are older.  

Look around the house and provide...

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#3 Executive Function @ Home Activity

School-Age children through Adult

Classic Board Games

Areas developed: Planning, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Patience, Focus, Processing, Working Memory, Organization

It's time to move away from video games and dust off those classic board games.  

Board games used to be a staple of entertainment for many families... and for good reason!  Classic board games combine fun with learning, while simultaneously...

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#2 Executive Function @ Home Activity

Every Age

Journaling

Areas developed: Self-Monitoring, Focus, Processing, Memory, Organization, Reflection

Dr. Gendron's  definition of self-monitoring: "Self-monitoring is the ability to evaluate our own behavior in order to determine when a different approach would be more appropriate. So it’s about noticing and fixing our mistakes, knowing when to ask for help. In a learning environment, a student with good self-monitoring will reread his work, make sure he does the checks and...

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