Play to develop executive functions

During the REFER 2019 workshop entitled “Playing to develop executive functions”, Anik Bois, orthopedagogue, presented favorite table games for stakeholders and children promoting the development of various executive functions.

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The Rendez-vous francophone des Écoles en Réseau is an annual event where the sharing of practices and activities carried out in class is in the spotlight. It is under the theme of " The school at stake (x) " that the 2019 edition of the REFER allowed participants to be inspired to develop their practice.

A workshop lived during the first day of the event is that of Anik Bois, orthopedagogue, entitled " Play to develop executive functions ”. During this one-hour workshop, Ms. Bois presented favorite table games for stakeholders and children promoting different executive functions. Here are a few :

Language skills, reading and writing

Working on vocabulary, lexical access, the ability to deduce, language comprehension, oral expression, narrative diagram, imagination and creativity, these games are very interesting to use to promote language learning while while having fun.

Problem solving, reasoning and mathematical knowledge

In this category, the games presented promote: problem solving, planning, logical reasoning, organization, memory, mental arithmetic strategies, multiplication tables, ability to deduce, mathematical operation and more.

Attention, memory and speed of execution

Visual memory, visuospatial skill, cognitive impulsivity control, visual and shared attention, cognitive flexibility, speed of execution and speed of execution are all skills that can be developed while playing these games.

You can find out the complete selection of Mme Bois here.

"Either you win or you learn" - Nelson Mandela

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Julie R.-Bordeleau
Julie R.-Bordeleau
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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