Introduction and How to Use This Site

If you are a parent, teacher or caregiver for young children, and you want to help them develop healthy life skills, you are in the right place! Healthy life skills require healthy brain development, and that requires the involvement of nurturing, informed adults. The earlier you start with children, the easier it is to do.

What We Know...

From the current research in child development, we know that children need experiences that are repeated and intentional to develop a healthy brain. The ability to regulate emotions and behavior is a foundational and essential skill to begin learning in early childhood. That is, to delay gratification, contain urges to react, focus attention, and solve problems children must first learn and practice skills to build self-regulation. FocusedKids provides a framework for this learning.

About This Site...

This site is laid out so that first you learn a little about brain development, and then about the skills, we are teaching children and why. You then move to the curriculum, where first you teach yourself the skills. We provide the “adult lesson” so that you experience and feel comfortable with the strategies you will teach the children.

When you are ready, the curriculum is provided with each lesson in downloadable form. There are five lessons. This summer we are adding instructional video clips for each lesson, but you can start without those by reading through each lesson and following the instructions included.

If you are in a school setting, there is a recommended implementation schedule. The schedule is just a suggestion for how long to practice each lesson with the kids before moving on to the next lesson. It is laid out in an 8-week format.

The FocusedKids lessons are easy and fun to teach, and our hope is that once you start using them, they will become a part of your daily routine and your life with the kids.

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