Goodnight Moon: Tips to Teach Focus and Control During Reading Time

As part of its continual effort to help children learn important executive function skills, Mind in the Making reviewed the classic childhood book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

In this bedtime story, a rabbit says goodnight to what’s in the room, from “Goodnight, moon” to “Goodnight, nobody” finally to “Goodnight, noises everywhere.” The mesmerizing cadence of the rhymes and the clever details in every picture form a reassuring and calming end of the day tradition for children and adults alike.

For “Goodnight Moon,” MITM relies on research to recommend tips to promote Focus and Self Control: “Children need this skill in order to achieve their goals, especially in a world that is filled with distractions and information overload. It involves paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly and exercising self control.“

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