Responsible Decisions — Planning Ahead
“Why didn’t I wear my raincoat, pack a snack, make a list, put that on the calendar?”
“If I’d only planned ahead!”
Being able to predict future actions based on past experiences in order to plan ahead requires an executive function called foresight. Kids at this age are just starting to develop this skill. With guidance, they can begin to think through possible outcomes of their actions, which will help them to make better choices. Learning to plan ahead will help our kids to reach both short and long-term goals in their everyday lives.
This week the Puppet Kids are facing the consequences of not planning ahead with dressing for the weather, planning a playdate with a friend, preparing for an outing, and adapting to a change in plans. Children can relate to similar situations in their own lives and think about ways to plan ahead for future situations.