Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Ellen Galinsky
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This book comes with access to a downloadable (.pdf) Study Guide written by the author exclusively for this special NAEYC edition.

How can we help children thrive in life and as life-long learners?

As a faculty member at Bank Street College of Education, researcher, and president of the Families and Work Institute, Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing the “essential life skills” children need to cope with modern life and achieve to their full potential. These seven skills are

  • focus and self-control
  • perspective taking
  • communicating
  • making connections
  • critical thinking
  • taking on challenges
  • self-directed, engaged learning

These are the skills that prepare children for the modern life, skills that they will draw on now and for years to come. Galinsky describes strategies for teachers in their classrooms—and for families at home—to foster these critical cognitive and social-emotional skills. 

"[This book is] literally a mind-expanding contribution to the field and will have a huge impact on how teachers and parents think about and understand children's learning and development, and hopefully their interactions with them."

— Sue Bredekamp, early childhood education consultant