Social and emotional development activities
Social and Emotional Development
Children learn best when they are comfortable in their environment. When children feel comfortable, they can relax in their surroundings and concentrate on the lessons being taught.
To print free worksheets to help your child improve his social and emotional skills, please view our collection of Social and Emotional Development Worksheets.
Important Social Skills For Children
There are many specific social and emotional skills that children must possess to be comfortable at school, including:
- Separating easily from parents.
- Sharing materials and taking turns.
- Helping others.
- Demonstrating empathy and caring.
- Respecting people and their personal materials.
- Staying focused and on task during a lesson.
- Complying calmly with directions from authority figures.
- Attempting to solve problems before asking others for help.
- Verbally communicating needs and ideas accurately.
Making Comfort a Priority
All children have a strong need to feel that they fit in and belong with their peer group. Because of its importance, children will strive to meet this need before turning their attention to other matters, such as learning.
For example, if a child is uncomfortable being away from his parents or if he does not feel that other children like him, he will likely become tense and distracted. When this happens, he will instinctively devote his energy towards managing those emotions and away from focusing and learning during instruction time.
This is the same phenomenon that happens to many children in their pre-teen years. For example, I am never surprised when I hear about the smart, motivated, preteen girl who goes from getting straight As (and wearing her hair in a messy ponytail) to getting Bs and Cs (and spending an hour each morning in the bathroom with a can of hairspray and a disturbingly large collection of eye shadow and lip gloss). As her interest in boys increases, she becomes increasingly insecure at school. This unease in the classroom is the precise reason for her sudden inability to focus in school and actually, um, like, you know, learn.
Tips for Accelerating Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional skills typically develop through practice and exposure to different social situations. The older your child is, the more time he has had to experience different social situations.
The best way for you to help accelerate your child’s social and emotional development is to intentionally place him in a variety of social situations such as:
- Play dates with one or more children at your home.
- Play dates with one or more children at a friend’s house.
- Playtime at a park or communal playground.
- Trips to the bank, post office, or other “adult” errand.
- Music, cooking or other age-appropriate classes led by an instructor.
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