Published by Caitlyn Wang
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a core component of the child development process that can help children develop better self-control, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. Social-emotional development in children helps children acquire and apply the skills and attitude necessary to interact with others, understand and manage emotions, show empathy with others, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions during childhood and as adults. Although previously, teaching social-emotional skills to preschoolers was considered the parents’ responsibility, things have changed over time. More children are spending time in pre-schools and at daycare centers. Consequently, social and emotional development during childhood has become a collaborative effort. Creating consistent and collaborative learning environments that encourage social-emotional development in children allow children to develop key life skills. What are the benefits of social-emotional development in children? There is strong research indicating that the social-emotional approach during early childhood helps enhance comprehension skills, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork. Children are able to work better at school which enhances academic outcomes. Consequently, they feel good about their work and are motivated to do better. According to the renowned American clinical child psychologist Ross Greene, it’s only when we equip children with necessary life skills that they are able to successfully navigate relationships with other people and overcome different circumstances. As a result, it becomes critical to teach them how to solve problems, communicate effectively with others, and manage their emotions better. Social and emotional skills for preschoolers Teaching social-emotional skills to preschoolers requires more active involvement from parents and other caregivers. Learning about new emotions through storytelling, role play, and discussion can help enhance understanding in children and help them empathize better. Adults must also validate the expression of feelings so children know how to understand and constructively respond to emotions in the future. At curaFUN, our programs are designed to develop emotional skills with proper guidance for kids. Using curated exercises and activities, we’re able to help children develop necessary social and emotional skills that are useful throughout their lives. You can learn more about curaFUN’s social development programs for preschoolers and school-going children here.