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Planning & Organization

Failing to plan is planning to fail.
--Alan Lakein

Learning how to identify the steps towards a goal, break them down into manageable sections, and then follow-through until completion is an important skill at all ages. Whether you are considering the steps involved for assembling a Lego creation, sewing an outfit for a doll, making dinner for the family, learning a complicated piece of clarinet music, earning your college degree or bringing the next product to market, success depends on good planning and organization skills. This requires an ability to predict and imagine the future, so you can take steps now to deal with whatever might happen. Whenever time and safety allow, let your child make mistakes that result from not-thinking-ahead, and they'll learn to plan naturally and with less involvement from you. One great example of this for young children is with putting on shoes. It would be so much quicker and easier to tell them to put on their socks and pants first, and then shoes, but don't steal from them this classic childhood moment of putting on their shoes first, and then realizing the pants don't fit over! Cooking activities also provide many chances to learn from mistakes in planning ahead, in a safe and low-risk environment. (Supervised appropriately, of course.)

Top five FUN ways to learn about Planning & Organization

Bubbles
Flashlights
Hide & Seek
Climb Trees
Tea Party

Suggested books about Planning & Organization.
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Planning & Organization are part of Executive Function.
Read more about Executive Function.

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