Tag: Executive Function

How are Executive Function and Learning Connected?

This week: New Executive Function Science  This week we are taking a look at a 2021 study from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology that explores the relationship between differences in executive function (EF) skills, and how those differences affect learning different kinds of material. The study is called “Individual differences in executive function and…

Beyond the Book: Four Mini Executive Function Games For Story Time

Why This Activity? Families: Reading can put the “fun” in executive function! Build immediate memory capabilities through an activity where you and your child focus on specific elements of new and favorite stories.   Before You Start, Get Set Up! Objective: Exercise your child’s flexible thinking and short-term memory skills while reading fun books together…

Exploring the Impact of Parenting Styles on Child Executive Function Skills

What is This Study About? Parenting plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s cognitive and behavioral development, and recent research examines the intricate connections between parenting styles and a child’s executive function skills. In this article, we explore key findings from “The Role of Parenting Factors in Accelerating or Hindering the Development of HEF…

What are the Effects of Initial Skill Level and Socioeconomic Status on Executive Function?

What is This Study About? In this article, we discuss the study “Examining Moderators of Response to Executive Function Reflection Training: Initial Skill & Socioeconomic Status” Schubert, Erin. (2016). In the study, the researcher sought to determine why executive function (EF) training did not improve skill levels for all children who participated in it. The…

“Blink!” An Executive Function Matching Game

Parents, don’t look away too soon! This fast-paced game is full of endless possibilities for memory fun! Learn How to Play “Blink” With Your Child Now EF Activity Objective: This activity introduces mindful concentration, helping your child learn how to hold rules in their memory and exercise flexible thinking. They match cards based on color,…

Who is Miss Mary Mack?

I often find myself feeling nostalgic as I pass by an elementary school playground and see children playing some of the same games I used to love as a kid. Playground games are typically passed down from generation to generation and often with a minor tweak here or there. What’s great about sing-along hand games…

How long can you concentrate?

I knew the day would eventually come – my grandson beat me at Memory. Usually, I let him win, but as the game progressed, I felt myself actually trying and missing one pair after another. We all know it’s inevitable, a child’s working memory surpassing that of a rusty adult brain. Not that I’m admitting defeat;…

Ready? Set? Roll!!

We’ve made it through the dog days of summer! What are those you might say? I looked it up – and without getting to “sciency”, it is the hottest part of summer due to the tilt of the earth and is named after a bright star. (My passion for science never waivers…) So what is…

Button, Button. Who’s Got the Button?

I grew up in the days of danger… rickety swingsets, no bicycle helmets, and climbing trees as high as I could without an adult within a block. This was also a time when games weren’t very sophisticated and household items were never discarded, just added to the toy bin. This week’s activity, Button, Button. Who’s Got…