Winter Creations and Executive Function


Yesterday, while the students from Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School had fun playing in the snow, they were also developing important executive function skills. These are the mental processes that help us focus, plan, and achieve goals.

The teachers observed as groups of students of all ages communicated and worked cooperatively. While doing the important work of play, the students built giant snowballs, snow forts, snow families, and an enormous snow-person. This type of creative play reinforces the social connections throughout the school and helps teach the students how to direct their own actions and cope with stress without the need for adult intervention.

Sadly, it warmed up later in the day and the snow creations had to go away, but the winter isn’t over yet…

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