February 7th 2018
OK so I’m taking a parenting class called Mind Matters, compliments of Harvard University and the Cambridge Public School District. (#Blessings.)
Thanks to workshops and novice research in the past, I have come to understand Executive Functioning to be defined like:
When my six year old daughter gets herself dressed to shoes, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf, backpack, homework and a snack all ready to go… I swoon at what I consider to be her marvelous Executive Functioning.
⇒ On a personal note, the extent to which I see (always at my restaurant Kids Night jobs) parents allowing their kids to melt their brains with nonstop video devices (aka: reinforcing the amygdala, or “Reptile Brain” and undermining the growth of the prefrontal cortex, or “ABILITY TO FUNCTION”) drives me a b s o l u t e l y nuts… but that is a post for another day. Or not.
The researchers at Harvard define Executive Functioning as:
- working memory
- inhibitory control
- flexible mindset
And there just happens to be a FUN ACTIVITY kids can do that help cultivate all three of these qualities. And GUESS WHAT; it’s Patty Cake! Or “Hand Clapping Games.”
Here are some rhymes for future reference:
Miss Mary Mack
Hand Clapping Song
Miss Mary Mack! Mack! Mack!
All dressed in black! Black! Black!
With silver buttons! Buttons! Buttons!
All down her back! Back! Back!
She asked her mother! Mother! Mother!
For fifteen cents! Cents! Cents!
To see the elephants! Elephants! Elephants!
Jump over the fence! Fence! Fence!
They jumped so high! High! High!
They reached the sky! Sky! Sky!
And they never came back! Back! Back!
‘Til the fourth of July! -ly! -ly!
Make New Friends
Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One is silver,
The other is gold.
A circle is round,
It has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.
A fire burns bright,
It warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
From the very start.
You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.
Silver is precious,
Gold is too.
I am precious,
And so are you.
You help me,
And I’ll help you
We will see it through.
The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
To keep it clean.
Across the land
Across the sea
We will always be.
And for the risque…
Miss Lucy Had a Steam Boat
Hand Clapping Song
Miss Lucy had a steam boat,
The steam boat had a bell, (Toot! Toot!)
Miss Lucy went to heaven,
And the steam boat went to
Hello operator, give me # 9 and,
If you disconnect me, I will chop off your
Behind the refrigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Lucy sat upon it, and broke her big fat
Ask me no more questions, tell me no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom, pulling down their
Flies are in the country, bees are in their hives
Miss Lucy and her boy friend
Are kissing in the D-A-R-K (spell out)
Dark! Dark! Dark!