Letters, colors, numbers, and. . . empathy? When we think about early childhood learning, beginning skills like numbers, the alphabet, language, and motor development (muscle control) might be what come to mind. However, there’s another area that is just as important- social/emotional development. As anyone with a toddler knows, small children can have BIG FEELINGS- and that’s a part of the amazing brain development that happens in the first few years of life. Empathy, self-control, patience, and attachment are all a part of this type of learning, and form the foundation for ANY kind of development that follows!
We Are Teachers has some great activities to help your child recognize and give name to their feelings. How cute is the feelings scale?
First 5 California has some great advice on parenting during COVID-19. Even though California and other states are “opening up” businesses, many families are still spending a lot of time at home in our new normal. First 5 California has some wonderful resources to support parents as well as children in their social/emotional needs.
The National Association for the Education of Young People has some great resources as well. We love the reminder that non-verbal cues (eye contact and facial expression, for example) and modeling behavior are effective ways to interact with young children.
We hope these links can serve as a starting point in learning about social-emotional development in your child. Do you have a question or a tried and true method for guiding the emotional growth of your child? Please share with us in the comments!