Social Skills

It is important for preschoolers to develop a positive image of themselves. This gives them the confidence to try new things and to interact successfully with others. Self-help skills are closely related to this since children at this age place such importance on their ability to do things for themselves. We believe children develop a positive self-concept when they are valued and appreciated unconditionally for who they are as well as through experiencing success in what they do.

Positive communication is the basis for developing social skills. Children who are treated with respect learn to respect not only others but themselves as well. Self-expression is important and we allow the children to express their emotions (anger, joy, excitement, fear, frustration, sadness, happiness, and so on…), guiding them, when necessary, in appropriate ways. As teachers, we also model positive behaviors such as manners (please and thank you), taking turns, sharing and consideration. We also assist the children in conflict resolution.

Self-help skills that we focus on include:

  • hygiene: toileting, washing hands and face
  • dressing: buttoning, zipping, snapping, as well as recognizing appropriate dressing for weather
  • being responsible for one’s environment: picking up our toys, cleaning up after we eat, taking care of our personal items

With a positive sense of self, children are more successful in their social interactions and are better prepared to deal with the demands of more structured learning environments they will soon be encountering.