Young children’s social-emotional development includes learning how to recognize their own and others’ feelings, regulate and express their emotions appropriately, build relationships with others, and interact in groups. Social-emotional development flourishes when children have close, supportive, and trusting relationships with adults.
Rainbow Child Care Center provides a safe, secure and responsive learning environment for children to develop the social skills they need to become a productive community member within their classroom.
To promote social-emotional development at home, start by helping children identify their feelings. “Theresa, are you sad? You look sad because you’re crying.” By helping children identify their emotions and feelings you are helping children learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors, manage feelings, following limits and expectations as well as take care of their needs appropriately.
Dan Hodgins created a list of what children can’t do yet to help remind us of the importance of developmental appropriately practices for young children.