Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making (MITM), a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families, and professionals who work with children and families. The science of children’s early development is presented in an accessible, engaging, and inspiring way, as MITM creates an array of multimedia materials that are designed to help diverse audiences bridge the gap between knowledge and practice.

By taking cutting-edge research and applying the principles of engaged learning to adult learning, the MITM initiative helps adults peer deeper in order to better understand how children learn, what they need to learn, and how adults can take simple, effective steps to promote this learning. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, and President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute, developed an evidence-based list of seven life skills that are essential for children in the short and long term. These skills are:

  • Focus and Self Control
  • Perspective Taking
  • Communicating
  • Making Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking on Challenges
  • Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

These skills are called life skills because of their powerful potential to help children success socially, emotionally, and intellectually in the short and long term, and are skills every adult can teach and every child can learn. Additionally, all of these life skills are, in one way or another, based in the prefrontal cortex of the brain and involve what child development researchers call “Executive Functions” of the brain. They called this because we use them to “manage” our attention, our emptions, and our behavior in order to reach our goals.

MITM has a variety of products, including books and DVDs, and resources available on their website and some of those links are provided below.

MITM Prescriptions for Learning: http://www.mindinthemaking.org/prescriptions-for-learning
MITM First Book Tips: http://mindinthemaking.org/firstbook/
Vroom and Daily Vroom videos for download: https://we.tl/EMrfdYhgxb

MITM Web and Social Media

Website: http://www.mindinthemaking.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mindinthemaking
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MITM_FWI
Blog: http://www.mindinthemaking.org/category/blog/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsLY6PQC1SDjt-EjByYcjdA