Executive Functioning

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What is Executive Functioning?

Executive Functioning is a set of mental skills that help you get things done. These skills help enable children to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. These skills also help people use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems.

When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves, families and communities.

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Executive Functioning Topics

  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Self control
  • Impulse control
  • Testing strategies
  • Mindfulness
  • Growth mindset
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What Parents Can Do At Home to Help with Executive Functioning

As we begin the school year, students in Grades 2 through 4 are expected to use their agenda’s nightly. The agenda is a good communication device for parents and teachers along with helps students make plans to complete their work and to help remember what they are responsible for on a nightly basis. Please work with your student nightly to help them use this important communication device.

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Ways that we will talk about using the student's agenda

  • Nightly homework assignments
  • Long term projects
  • Tests
  • Keeping track of special classes
  • Notes for parents and teachers
Throughout the school year, our office will continue to update families as how to support our Executive Functioning work as students begin to strengthen their skills!

Executive functioning represented on the human brain. The diagram is created by Kate Lazar and Dr. Surina Basho.