Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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It’s Mine! How can I teach my child to share?

its-mineChildren between the ages of birth to 5 years of age do not have the mental capacity to share. Children at this age are still very egocentric, still learning to understand the feelings of other people. Young children’s social-emotional development involves learning how to understand their own and other’s feelings, regulate and express their emotions appropriately, build relationships with others and interact in groups.

This will help your child learn to manage and regulate his or her behaviors and learn to control impulses, tolerate frustration and cope with strong emotions. This will also help children build trust and develop empathy skills.

How Can I Teach My Child To Share?

Based on the information provided above, we want to help our children build social skills and the unspoken rules of play. It is best to have children take turns vs. “sharing.”

Example: “Sarah, when you are done playing with the truck can Joey have a turn?”

As children continue to develop, they will learn how to problem solve on their own. But until then, it is important to teach children social development by modeling appropriate behaviors.

Strategies to Support Emotion Development: The Creative Curriculum®

  1. Set clear, reasonable, age-appropriate expectations that children can understand.
  2. Describe what you are doing during caregiving routines, so children can learn the sequence of actions to care for themselves.
  3. Provide opportunities for children to engage in extended make-believe play in which they can act out strong emotions.
  4. Use simple, clear language and facial expressions to communicate acceptable behaviors.
  5. Create clear boundaries to help children learn to control themselves.