Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

This December  11, 2014, Ready At Five will be hosting  a School Readiness Symposium featuring Ellen Galinsky, Director of the Families Work Institute and author of “Mind in the Making:  The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs”.  The symposium will focus on how we can keep the spark for learning strong in our children’s eyes, hearts and minds.   This is, of course, what every parent and educator wants for their little learners.  Foremost in this endeavor is cultivating the Executive Function Skills in our children – these skills are essential for school readiness and success.


What are Executive Function Skills?  Ellen Galinsky defines them as:

  • Focus – being able to pay attention
  • Working Memory – being able to keep information in mind in order to use it
  • Cognitive Flexibility – being able to adjust to shifting needs and demands
  • Inhibitory Control – being able to resist the temptation to go on automatic and do what we need to do to achieve our goals

As children grow older, these skills include reflecting, analyzing, planning and evaluating.

The seven skills that Ellen Galinsky identifies that can help children (and adults) thrive are:

  • Focus and Self Control
  • Perspective Taking
  • Communicating
  • Making Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking On Challenges
  • Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend our School Readiness Symposium in December to learn more about “The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” for success in school and in life.  You can register for the Symposium in our events section of the website.  

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Ready At Five improves the practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland.


We believe that every child in Maryland should have the foundational skills needed for success in school, career and life.

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