Liberi Fabula

June, 2015

How Social and Emotional Competence Encourages and Supports Healthy Behaviors

Hey there parents! Today I'll give you some tips on dealing with social and emotional problems in pre-schoolers that will effect their behavior!

First let's start with building relationships (let us note that it's not only the relationship of teacher to student but also teacher to teacher and teacher to parent and vice versa.) You should spend the most time in this area of development. Well, the first step to building relationships is positive/negative comment ratio: the best results are from the 8:1 ratio where if there is one negative comment there are eight positive ones to counterbalance it. It is most effective if you do this every couple of weeks for 10-15 minute periods.

The second step is Adult Compliments, because who doesn't want to be complimented right? You should always compliment children on good behavior or accomplishments to make them feel good. (Even something like doing their jobs-like cleaning up-every once in a while is good)

Next were going to talk about social and emotional teaching strategies. Concrete standards, such as rules to follow, should be organized and always reinforced. You parents can rest assured that we teachers try our hardest and one of the ways we do that is through everyday practice. Not just a ten minute lesson then forget about it but we teach social and behavioral skills that are constantly being revisited. Also rest assured that we gladly model good behavior and social skills in front of the children as well.

We provide children with comfortable classrooms, supportive routines, and visual rules, schedules, and procedures to have supportive environments that are needed to properly care for your child.

Theory Of Mind

In pre-schoolers (usually ages 4-5) they start to think about others' thoughts and feelings, and this is what theory of mind is.

They typically develop an understanding of what wanting and thinking is. That different people want different things and that different people think different things and they start to develop a inkling of a concept to what ideologies are but not too complex, just that certain people believe in certain things.

They start to understand that seeing leads to knowing and that if you haven't seen it you don't truthfully know about it. This also means they know if people haven't seen something they will have to delve deeper into information.

By now they will also start to develop the understanding of false beliefs and the fact that sometimes people believe in things that aren't true. They also understand the concept of hidden feelings and that we can feel emotions different from those we display.

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Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and with their still-emerging physical skills. They like to play with friends—and don’t like to lose! They can take turns—and sharing one toy by two or more children is often possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Which is why a puppet theater would be great for the young ones! They get to exercise their imaginations and interactive in a fun intuitive way!

Jean Piaget

Piaget's theory of cognitive development is a comprehensive theory about the nature and development of human intelligence. Piaget believed that one's childhood plays a vital and active role in a person's development. Piaget's idea is primarily known as a developmental stage theory. The theory deals with the nature of knowledge itself and how humans gradually come to acquire, construct, and use it. To Piaget, cognitive development was a progressive reorganization of mental processes resulting from biological maturation and environmental experience. He believed that children construct an understanding of the world around them, experience discrepancies between what they already know and what they discover in their environment, then adjust their ideas accordingly. Moreover, Piaget claimed that cognitive development is at the center of the human organism, and language is contingent on knowledge and understanding acquired through cognitive development.

Through a series of stages, Piaget proposed four stages of cognitive development: the sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational period.