This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Primrose Schools. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
My oldest daughter is quite settled into school now. She has a love of learning and really thrives on the routine. However, having her away during the day and then working with her on various things at night, makes me really contemplate my parenting approach.
She’s 5 now, and I can’t help but wonder if I have given her the skills she needs to succeed. With her little sister being at home, I also want to ensure that I am facilitating her growth and her learning to the best of my abilities. I want to see both my girls flourish, so I’ve been using Primrose Schools as my go- to resource for early education & childhood development content.
Primrose curriculum focuses on Executive Function Skills which encourages learning at home through play. These are the skills that enable us to plan, multitask, and have more focused attention. They include adaptability, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-control and memory.
Thinking about my children achieving these types of milestones really gets me excited. They’re the kind of skills that will be needed in life, and being able to introduce them in an organic setting makes incorporating them into our daily rhythm easy and fun!
Lately I’ve been focusing on engaging my children in teamwork, self-control, and memory.
Teamwork makes the dream work right? So they tell me! Haha. In the very least it makes a happy Mommy, and I want my children to know how important it is to work together.
When I’m at home with my youngest we really enjoy working together to cook in her play kitchen. I’ll call out things that she needs for her meal based on types of food, color, shapes, etc., and she will find the items for me. It’s our own toddler top chef spin on ‘I Spy’ LOL, but as we work together she’s learning as we go. The best part is that when big sissy gets home she wants to show her all the ways that she was able to put different meals together, and they end up cooking a fantastic dinner for Mommy and Daddy. 😉 As far as self-control is concerned, we could all use more of that, am I right??? One of our favorite things to do lately is playing classic boardgames.
Little do they know that Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders weren’t just invented a year or two ago. Ha! But one of the basic elements of playing a game like these is having patience when it comes to waiting for your turn. Easier said than done at 3 and 5 years old, but they are getting it! All of the Primrose Executive Function Skills are imperative as life skills, and self-control is certainly at the top of that list! Lastly, I’ve been working on memory.
I’ve been focusing a lot on reading repetitive books with my three-year-old, and what’s great is that Primrose even has a suggested reading list to help! They also have videos and thought-starters if you are looking for a bit more direction on how to implement any of these skills. Check them out here.
As we read books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, repetition sets in and I see how the memory muscles are being flexed. I’m truly grateful for Primrose Schools. I’ve been searching for something that can help me hone in on the skills that I want to see developed in my girls, and their list of 6 Executive Function Skills help me achieve this with ease and great success. Most of the time and I feel like I’m winging it, so this type of guidance is the biggest help! Visit Primrose Schools’ website to find out more information on how they can benefit your children. Plus, sign up for their newsletter here to be entered to win a Primrose Prize Pack consisting of a $250 Barnes & Noble’s gift card and five children’s books!
Which of the Primrose Executive Function Skills will you start working on today?