Last evening I attended a book event sponsored by the Early Education Initiative of the New America Foundation. The event featured Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute and author of the new book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Ms. Galinsky talked about the research she accumulated and reviewed -- over a period of 10 years -- and how she arrived at the seven skills she sees as essential for success both in childhood and in adulthood. They are:
- Focus and Self Control
- Perspective Taking
- Making Connections
- Critical Thinking
- Taking on Challenges
- Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
A highlight of the evening were videos that said so much more than words ever could. One, depicting Focus and Self Control, was of the "marshmallow test." If you haven't seen it, watch it now!
Whether you're a parent or an early childhood professional, it's imperative that you ask yourself whether or not you're helping to instill these seven essential skills in the children in your care!
There are many resources available at Mind in the Making. I encourage you to check them out!