Social/ Emotional Development Support
The social/emotional domain is about how a child gets along with others and handles or expresses emotions. Trust, self-esteem, and self-control are all important parts of this area of growth. For your child to do well in school, he/she should be able to apologize, solve problems, try different things, accept responsibility for the good and bad things he/she does, and not give up too quickly. Eventually, these will help your child make and keep friends.
Important Skills Needed for School Readiness
- Shows self direction and initiative
- Completes an activity from start to finish
- Has desire to learn
- Interacts well with others
- Follows classroom rules and routines
- Uses classroom materials properly and with purpose
- Appropriately handles emotions
- Takes responsibility for actions.
Social/ Emotional Development Activities
- Feelings - an activity for 3-4 year-olds - used to teach a child how to identify and express emotions using the book, “How is Blue Feeling? Bring Your own Crayon” and a box of crayons
- Tea Time - an activity for 3-4 year-olds - used to help a child make friends and get along with others which uses a tea set.
- Taking Care of Others - an activity for 3-4 year-olds - used to teach a child empathy and caring toward others using a baby bottle, baby doll, blanket and an infant diaper.
- How Does It Feel? – an activity for 3-4 year-olds - used to help a child learn good manners and understand the feelings of others using the book “The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carie
- Respond quickly to your infant’s cries
- Provide opportunities for play
- Encourage your child to be independent
- Allow your child to make choices
- Encourage emotional expression using words
- Give clear expectations for behavior
- Establish a simple routine
- Have rules for how to treat others, safety etc. and help your child to follow them.
- Encourage your child to try new things.
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