Over the last few Tuesdays, we have considered some areas that affect a child’s learning. These are areas that are seldom addressed by educators but are more critical to learning than what curriculum is chosen.
Attention is affected by working memory. Executive functioning affects everything a child does. He must know how to organize, plan and break down tasks to complete his work. A child’s senses must process information efficiently. The senses must work together to give a person a “total picture” of what’s going on around him. I call these skills “under the water line.” Just like a house requires a skills. Learning does not happen very easily without them in place.