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Strategies for Teaching Social and Emotional Development

2 Hours in Child Growth, Development, and Learning

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Introduction

Why do you think it is so important for us to "teach" children social emotional skills? These are some of the skills that we know that children need in order to be more successful and to prevent challenging behavior - not only in early care and education settings, but also in future educational settings. While we tend to be very thoughtful and intentional about teaching literacy, cognitive, and other skills, we need to be just as intentional about teaching social emotional skills.

What happens when children don't have these skills? Think about children in your child care setting who don't have these skills. What have you noticed about these children?  How do we help children learn these social emotional skills? We "teach"  them!

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to discuss why it is important to be more intentional about teaching social emotional skills.

  • Participants will be able to identify strategies for supporting the development of friendship skills.

  • Participants will be able to define emotional literacy and identify activities that build "feeling vocabularies."

  • Participants will understand the importance of providing opportunities for children to begin to understand their own, as well as others' emotions.