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Inside this Book – Katie is 8 years old. It’s Saturday morning, and her mother has sent her to clean her room, with the admonition that she can’t go across the street to play with her girlfriend until everything is picked up. Katie reluctantly leaves the living room where her younger brother is engrossed in Saturday morning cartoons and climbs the stairs. She stands in the doorway and sur- veys the scene: Her Barbie dolls are scattered in one corner, a tangle of dolls and outfits and accessories that look from a distance like a colorful gypsy ragbag. Books are piled every which way in her bookcase, with some spilling out on the floor. Her closet door is open, and she sees that clothes have fallen off hangers and drifted to the floor of her closet, covering sev- eral pairs of shoes and some board games and puzzles she hasn’t played with recently. Some dirty clothes have been kicked under her bed but are visible in the space between the bedspread and the floor. And there’s a pile of clean clothes strewn around the floor by her bureau, left there after a mad search for a favorite sweater she wanted to wear to school yesterday. Katie sighs and goes to the doll corner. She places a couple of dolls on her toy shelf, then picks up a third doll and holds it at arm’s length to inspect the outfit she’s wearing. She remembers she was getting the doll ready for the prom and decides she doesn’t like the dress she chose. She scrabbles around in the pile of miniature clothing to find a dress she likes better. She’s just snapping the last fastener on the dress when her mother pops her head in the door. “Katie!” she says, a note of impatience in her voice. “It’s been half an hour and you haven’t done a thing!” Her mother comes over to the doll corner and together she and Katie pick up dolls and clothes, placing the dolls on toy shelves and the clothes in the plastic bin that serves.
Inside this book –Smart But Scattered PDF Book by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare – If you’re not accustomed to thinking of your child’s growth in terms of executive skills, you might not be fully aware of how much adults do to see that kids learn to make decisions and exercise their gradually developing executive skills. Looking at what schools and teachers do to provide boundaries and room for growth can give you a better overview of how executive skills develop over time. Think about preschool. A good preschool program imposes a familiar rhythm on the school day that gives children structured group activities as well as the oppor- tunity for free play. Group activities are kept brief because children at this age have short attention spans, and directions are generally given one or two at a time because the kids have a limited ability to hold complex directions or multiple steps in mind. Materials are laid out for children; they’re not expected to organize tasks for themselves. While good teachers expect preschool children to help pick up after themselves, they know they have to be there to prompt or cue them to do this. Free play time gives children the opportunity to practice some executive skills with a little more independence. Here children use planning and organizational skills to make up games and decide on rules. They practice flexibility by taking turns, sharing toys, and allowing another child to be the leader. And the social interactions built into free play enable children to learn to control impulses and manage emotions. These skills are reinforced when preschool teachers give children a few simple rules about behavior (no running inside; use indoor voices in the classroom) and review the rules regularly.
Smart But Scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – Smart But Scattered
- Author of this Book – Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Non-Fiction, Psychology, Self Help, Educational, Self Help
- Download Format – PDF
- Size – 2 MB
- eBook Pages – 321
- Price – Free