Browse our curated content to discover the latest thinking in early childhood education and neuroscience. Learn from Tools leaders, read current research and get resources for teachers, coaches and administrators.
Curious to see what’s happening in real Tools classrooms? Meet our January Tools Preschool Teacher of the Month, Mariana Sabatte-Doyle, and watch her Denver preschoolers go into the restaurant business!
Curious to see what’s happening in real Tools classrooms? Meet our January Tools Kindergarten Teacher of the Month, Christin Connell, and see how she and her Kindergarteners brought the Amazon Rainforest to Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.
Knowledge children build by learning content deeply can help improve reading comprehension more than learning isolated reading strategies. It makes good sense and mirrors the spirit and some practices of Tools teaching.
Listen to neuroscientist pioneer Adele Diamond talk about the impact of self-regulation on school and life. Diamond led groundbreaking research studies about Tools preschool in 2007 and Tools kindergarten in 2019.
Curious to see what’s happening in real Tools classrooms? Meet our December Tools Preschool Teacher of the Month, Grace Wingard, and see how she and her Denver preschoolers are bringing the Tools curriculum to life.
Listen in as organizational psychologist Adam Grant is featured on the Today show talking about his new book and explaining why play and self-regulation skills can help us all to reach our “hidden potential.”
There are many possible explanations for why some young adults choose to vote and others don’t. Could a focus on self-regulation in preschool years earlier have anything to do with it? Researchers say yes.
Schools struggle to puzzle together schedules that make time for children’s social-emotional needs and academic requirements. Is there a better way?
There’s lots to think about when bringing a new curriculum to your district. Take a look at how one district made the leap and see what things look like now for Long Branch, NJ, students and teachers.
What if teachers could experience continuous, meaningful professional development without even leaving their classrooms? What if that professional development was tailored to target each teacher’s individual growth? Learn about Tools TREE video coaching from educators who are using it and loving it.
Researcher and best-selling author of Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky describes why building executive functions through a curriculum like Tools is so powerful.
A study finds that "unconstrained" skills like self-regulation, that develop over time, really last. The boost children get from preschool learning benefits them for years to come.
Can Tools help develop self-regulation in children whose parents say they struggle with attention? Yes! In fact, these children seem to benefit the most.
A private school for economically disadvantaged children is not something you see every day. Learn why the Christina Seix Academy chose Tools for their early childhood program.
Children fall behind when they miss school and absence rates are higher than ever before. Yet Tools children don’t want to miss a minute and their teachers connect it directly to their investment in their learning.
Everyone loves to play - not just our youngest children. And the very same theory behind playing to learn in Tools applies to older students as well. Students and teachers agree that the joy of play increases motivation and learning in the classroom.
At Tools, we know that investing in young children can change their long-term learning trajectories. But can public preschool attendance predict which students will go on to pursue 4-year college degrees? A new study of Tulsa preschool alums says it can.
California has joined a growing number of states striving to offer preschool to all of its students. Both quality and enrollment of its universal TK (transitional kindergarten) program have been steadily improving. Now, to take it to the next level, they want to get everyone involved.
The Tools approach is so powerful that it made the news in Tulsa, OK. Check out our seasoned Tools Preschool teachers, Jennifer Ladner and Amanda Teague, as they share how play-based learning delivers on both academics and social-emotional development.
For a peek at how Oklahoma became the first state in the country to roll out universal PreK, join us as we listen in on this riveting, recently rebroadcast segment of This American Life.
Ready to immerse yourself even deeper in the Tools of the Mind approach? Check out the interview with Tools Co-founder Dr. Deborah Leong. You’ll learn even more about the power of make-believe play.
We’re grateful for our longstanding relationship with Sesame Street. And we appreciate that they’ve brought self-regulation to the forefront of their programming through the years. Find out what Cookie Monster has to say (rather sing!) about self-regulation.
How can play empower children to become smarter, stronger and kinder? Find out in this impactful article from Tools co-founders Dr. Elena Bodrova and Dr. Deborah Leong.
Listen in as experienced school leader Lauren Ellis highlights how easy it is to pair Tools curriculum with the science of reading. She’ll show you how Tools supports language development, word recognition, comprehension and verbal reasoning skills.
Teachers, get ready to take your preschool art and play to the next level. Find out how prop making merges art and make-believe play. Discover the lasting benefits of this kind of learning. And get some actionable tips to start using prop making in your classroom.
New Jersey teachers Kimberly Grigoli and Paige Majka, both Tools of the Mind Endorsed Educators, share the joy and excitement of learning during make-believe play.
Here’s your chance to take a peek at what’s happening in real Tools classrooms. Meet our October Tools Preschool Teacher of the Month Jennifer Ladner and see how she and her preschoolers are bringing the Tools curriculum to life.
To know Tools is to know that we value and appreciate play. Experts and educators share their ideas of how to make this year the most playful year in history.
School leaders, want to start bringing self-regulation development to your school community? This just might be a great topic for your next staff development. And it’s straight from the minds that created Tools of the Mind.
Here’s your chance to take a peek at what’s happening in real Tools classrooms. Meet our October Tools Kindergarten Teacher of the Month Michelle Beekman and see how she and her kindergarteners are bringing the Tools curriculum to life.
Creating a classroom full of self-regulated learners doesn’t happen on its own, but once you’ve helped your students build those skills, your classroom just might start to run itself.
Tools is the comprehensive early childhood program that develops every child’s self-regulation in every activity. Research shows that self-regulation is the biggest predictor of success in school and life.