Four Reasons Why Social Skills Are Key to Learning

Use handkerchiefsWhen starting preschool you maybe wishing that your child learns to read and write in the first few months. However, there are more important things for a preschooler to learn initially. These are the four basic social skills.

  • Confidence: One of the first skills teachers focus on is the development of your child’s sense of confidence or self-esteem. This means helping her feel good about who she is, both individually and in relationship to others. This is a lifelong skill that will help her feel competent now and as she continues in her schooling.
  • Cooperation: Games, stories, and songs help your child learn how to work with others — no small task at this age! This teaches him how to empathize and to get along with others.
  • Curiosity: Perhaps one of the most important skills she needs to develop at this stage is a true thirst for learning. Her teacher will use a wide variety of interesting materials and ideas to engage your child’s natural curiosity.
  • Communication: Expressing himself and representing his ideas, feelings, and knowledge about the world is a key skill for your child. It is at the core of all reading, writing, math, and science skills.

We have found this great article which explains this in more detail. You can read this here.

Another important social skill for young children to learn is sitting at a table and eating together. We developed our Let’s Eat Together Placemat to help families bond together at mealtimes.  The simple act of eating together at the table is the perfect opportunity to talk, bond and learn from one another.  Not only does it enrich the feeling of belonging, it is here that children learn etiquette, table manners and the essential skill of how to properly use their knife, fork and spoon

 

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