Tools of the Mind in the Home

Jon: Garfield, what happened to my favourite record? Garfield: I scratched it. Jon: And what happened to the lasagna I fixed for dinner? Garfield: I ate it. Jon: Garfield, why is it you scratch, eat and destroy everything in sight? Garfield: I can’t help it! I’m a slave to my passions! Jon: Cats! Garfield: Humans!Continue reading “Tools of the Mind in the Home”

Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum

When we first heard about Tools of the Mind, the reports about the program for early childhood education were very positive and extremely encouraging. The concept of providing young children with mind tools that help them control their emotions and impulses made a lot of sense especially in an age that encourages the development ofContinue reading “Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum”

Tools of the Mind: Play Plans

Tools of the Mind is a program implemented in some pre-schools and kindergarten that was found to be very effective in helping children develop self-control which we all know is a strong predictor of future success. But that’s not all. Tools of the Mind also improves behaviour – which is really what I’m after forContinue reading “Tools of the Mind: Play Plans”

The True Value of Play in Child Development

Ever since I read Nurture Shock and the successful results of the Tools of the Mind program in schools, I’ve been an advocate for Vygotsky’s principles on the importance of imaginary play. At home, I encourage Gavin’s active imagination and even participate in his pretend picnics and camping trips. A recent article from the ChronicleContinue reading “The True Value of Play in Child Development”

Tools of the Mind – Creating a Play Plan

Tools of the Mind helps a child develop “executive function” in the prefrontal cortex. It helps a child plan, predict, control impulses, persist through trouble, and orchestrate thoughts to fulfill a goal. Children learn how to avoid distraction, and become self-organised and self-directed. I first heard about Tools of the Mind when I read the bookContinue reading “Tools of the Mind – Creating a Play Plan”

Tools of the Mind: Supporting Development in Preschool and Kindergarten

This article is written as my interpretation of the Tools of the Mind program.  If you wish to read the words from the horse’s mouth, you should purchase your own copy of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong. Read about Supporting Infant Development.Continue reading “Tools of the Mind: Supporting Development in Preschool and Kindergarten”

Tools of the Mind: Supporting Infant Development – 6 to 12 Months

This article is written as my interpretation of the Tools of the Mind program.  If you wish to read the words from the horse’s mouth, you should purchase your own copy of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong. Click here for Part 1Continue reading “Tools of the Mind: Supporting Infant Development – 6 to 12 Months”

Tools of the Mind: Supporting Infant Development – Birth to 6 Months

This article is written as my interpretation of the Tools of the Mind program.  If you wish to read the words from the horse’s mouth, you should purchase your own copy of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong. The application of Tools ofContinue reading “Tools of the Mind: Supporting Infant Development – Birth to 6 Months”

Early Childhood Education: Tools of the Mind

Part 1: Teaching Self-Control to Children Why does Tools of the Mind work so well? In order to learn a child needs to be able to concentrate for a period of time.  In order to be able to concentrate, children need to learn how to avoid distractions.  Essentially, what prevents a child from being ableContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: Tools of the Mind”