Similar to last week, for the week 9 reflection, you will develop an activity for a 4-year-old who is stuck inside due to COVID-19. The activity should help support the child’s cognitive development, specifically their executive functioning skills. You will use the Washington State Guidelines and the Building the Brain’s Air Traffic Control System article as evidence to explain the benefits of your activity.
Imagine you have a 4-year-old who has been stuck in the house for weeks.
Review the Building the Brain’s Air Traffic Control System article and pages 78-80 of the WA State Guidelines (Ages 4 and 5, Learning About My World).
Think of an activity you could do indoors, or socially distanced outdoors, with this child that fosters cognitive development — specifically, executive functioning. Feel free to use games or activities you enjoyed as a child. You can get creative!
Write a reflection that addresses the following prompts.
Describe your activity in detail. You can add pictures to illustrate your description, if you like.
Explain how your activity supports the cognitive development of the child. Use evidence from pages 78-80 of the WA State Guidelines (Ages 4 and 5, Learning About My World) to support your thinking. For example, you might say something like, “The WA State Guidelines say to ‘Engage your child in cooking’ (p. 79). This supports my idea of baking cookies with the 4 -year-old because…” Be specific in making connections between the bullet points in the Guidelines and your activity.
Explain how your activity encourages executive functioning by as defined by the Building the Brain’s Air Traffic Control System article (you should quote the article). In what ways does your activity support improvement in working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility?
Your response should:
Your response should be at least a page long (without pictures). Please do not go over 5 pages.
Use quotes from the reading as evidence to support your thinking when asked to do so.
Describe ideas in your own words when asked to do so.