We use, in our high-quality early childhood classrooms, the Tools of the Mind curriculum. Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood program that builds strong foundations for school success by promoting intentional and self-regulated learning in preschool. Tools instructional philosophy is inspired by the work of Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky and his students, and at the same time is rooted in cutting edge neuropsychological research on the development of self-regulation/executive functions in children.
The Tools Classroom
- Combines activities specifically designed to promote self-regulation with activities that focus on academic skills while also giving children the opportunity to practice self-regulation/executive function skills
- Ensures children meet state and national standards be emphasizing research-based activity content
- Promotes mature play—make-believe in preschool to dramatization in kindergarten, which is the most beneficial context for young children to develop self-regulation, cognitive, and social-emotional skills