It is my great honor to write this, my first director’s blog post. I have been thinking quite a bit about what to write. Should I reintroduce myself? Maybe, but I would rather meet you in person. (That is my way of inviting you to stop into the office whenever you have a question, concern, compliment, or just want to chat.) Should I talk about my educational philosophy? Sure, I could do that, but I am fairly certain that this will come through in subsequent posts. Should I share how LPCNS compares to my previous school? This, too, will emerge in future posts, I believe.
Instead, I would like to share with you a wonderful book. “Mind in the Making,” written by Ellen Galinsky and published in 2010. “Mind in the Making” summarizes a lifetime of research by grouping the essential life skills every child needs into seven themes. Galinsky points out that it is never too early or too late for a child (or an adult) to master these skills. That’s because, as with most development, mastery is a lifetime pursuit.
The first essential life skill, according to Galinsky, is “focus and self control.” As the name suggests, children need to be able to focus their attention and develop self control in all situations. For some children, one or both of these abilities can be very challenging to learn. Arguably, this is even more true today than it was in 2010, as we live in a world filled with many stimulating, digital distractions competing for our attention.
A high-quality nursery school, such as Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School, is the perfect place for children to practice focusing their attention and controlling their impulses. Our teachers are experienced in designing spaces that both support and challenge each child to learn the core skills of focus and self control. For example, the teachers meet each week to discuss how they will plan for each child in their group. This allows the teachers to plan for each individual child’s emerging skills.
I will talk more about other developmental skills in my next post. In the meantime, let me again invite you to introduce yourself. I am especially interested in hearing why you chose this school. I want to know what is important to you.
In closing, I must thank everyone for the warm welcomes. I am very grateful to be part of this program, and I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children.
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