Mind in the Making for Families

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Why do some students reach their full potential while other children struggle?

Successful learners have skills that underachievers lack, insists Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making.

The seven essential skills and why they matter:

  1. Focus and Self Control – Children need this skill in order to achieve their goals, especially in a world filled with distractions and information overload.
  2. Perspective Taking – Children who can figure out what others feel and think are less likely to get involved in conflicts.
  3. Communicating – Children need to be able to determine what they want to communicate and how. This is the skill teachers and employers feel is most lacking today.
  4. Making Connections – Children who can make unusual connections are more creative and can go beyond knowing information to using information well.
  5. Critical Thinking – Children need to be able to search for reliable knowledge to guide their beliefs, decisions and actions.
  6. Taking on Challenges – Children who can take on challenges instead of avoiding or simply coping with them will do better in school and in life.
  7. Self-Directed Engaged Learning – Lifelong learners can change as the world changes in order to reach their full potential.

Known as “executive function skills,” these are the skills that manage our emotions, intellect and behavior — such as focus and self-control.

prov schoolsCan these skills really be taught? Absolutely, says Galinsky. The eight-session course offers practical ways parents and teachers can do this within their daily routines at home and in the classroom. We are offering this course free to families with a child in the Providence schools, Pre-K to Grade 3. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.

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Join us in one of our upcoming classes. Share laughs and stories with fellow parents while learning how to strengthen these crucial skills in your children. We provide free child care, and your whole family will enjoy a nice meal with new friends.

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For more information, call Tania Quezada (fluent in English and Spanish) at 401.490.9960.

We are grateful to all of the organizations that are making this important partnership with the Providence Public School Department possible: the US Department of Education, Investing in Innovation Fund; The Rhode Island Foundation; United Way of Rhode Island; the Anne E. Casey Foundation; The Campaign for Grade Level Reading; The A.M. Fund; The Bezos Family Foundation; and the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

With those funds we are bringing Mind in the Making to all elementary schools in Providence over a three-year period.

Click here to see a brochure for families.

“This course has taught us so many positive things to put into practice in our homes and in our community. I will practice at home with my granddaughter and all the children who need my attention.” — Virginia Carmona

“The facilitators had knowledge of the subject. We stayed focused.” — Joselina Reyes

“I learned about perspective, and to be more patient with my children to help them have the focus and self-control that they need to be successful in life.” — Martha James

“I will practice at home with my granddaughter and all the children who need my attention.” — Virginia Carmona