Intentionality means to act with purpose and plan to achieve. Children who are intentional think before acting. They consider their choices before choosing. They make a plan before they start a project. Intentional children are competent and effective.
An infant moves a blanket to find a toy underneath, she has a goal and she accomplishes it with an action. Her actions are based on cause and effect. “I want the toy. I move the blanket. I get the toy.” This is intention.
It is important during the early years to help children set appropriate goals and teach them strategies (tools) that help them achieve their goals.
Children learn by doing. If we want children to be able to set and achieve goals successfully then we need to provide experiences that allow them to practice making intentional choices. Ultimately, we want children to combine their self-confidence with their intentionality. Individuals who are secure in their choices are more likely to achieve their goals because they move forward with confidence. They are also more likely to inspire the confidence in others and, therefore, are more likely to ask other for help.