Essential Life Skills Developed at the Gan

One of the favorite books for most early childhood educators is Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (Ellen Galinsky, 2010). She accurately describes skills that children (all people!) need to succeed. These skills can be collectively called Executive Function skills. According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, "Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice."  These are skills that teachers want to see in children and employers want to see in employees. We work hard on all of these skills at the Gan, but know that you, too, may want to extend the learning at home.  Please take a peek at this page if you are wondering what kinds of play support this type of learning. And let us know if this play provokes any questions you have about your child. We're honored to share your child's developmental journey with you.