Social Development in Preschoolers

Today I’m sharing a preview of the last chapter in my ebook! This chapter is about social development in preschoolers, which really covers a lot of topics. I’ll do my best to highlight important areas that preschoolers should work on.

Social Development

Self-Knowledge:

  • Correctly states his/her gender and age
  • Recites first and last name of self and parents
  • Able to identify birthday
  • Knows address and telephone number

Approach to Learning:

  • Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner
  • Is persistent in tasks and seeks help with problems
  • Is pleasant and cooperative most of the time

Self-Control:

  • Follows rules and routines
  • Able to move from one activity to the next without problems
  • Demonstrates normal activity level
  • Uses self-control
  • Expresses self with words, rather than acting out physically

Interactions with Others:

  • Plays well with others
  • Takes turns and shares
  • Cleans up after playing
  • Participates in group activities
  • Interacts easily with familiar adults
  • Considerate of other people’s feelings
  • Respects items belonging to others
  • Listens when others speak
  • Seeks adult help during conflicts
  • Uses manners

Health & Wellness:

  • Brushes teeth by self
  • Can bathe self
  • Knows how to wash hands
  • Can appropriately dress for the weather
  • Follows proper bathroom procedures
  • Able to put shoes and coat on
  • Knows healthy vs. non-healthy foods

I know today’s post is different from my other posts from my ebook. Usually I share activities you can do to practice these skills. This list of skills is mostly learned from interaction with others in daily life. My suggestion is for your child to be around other children and adults and to learn how to interact and work cooperatively with them.

Practice these skills with your children. Don’t assume they already know how to listen to others while they speak. Role playing and spending time intentionally working on these skills to help your children. Some of these skills come naturally to kids, and some need more practice.

I do have two activities to share. The first one is from Living Montessori Now and she shares how to use cooperative games to teach sportsmanship.
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The other activity is from I Can Teach My Child and she shares a great way for preschoolers to follow a morning routine. She also offers a wonderful free printable! We are definitely going to be using this soon.

 photo Morning-Routine-Printable-Cards-500x290.jpg Is there anything you would add to this list?

Thank you all for following me on this journey of writing this ebook. I’ve been working hard on creating a schedule or lesson plans to teach all these skills I’ve shared the past 8 weeks. It still may be a while until I get the book done and published, but it will be done sometime this summer. Don’t worry if you’ve missed a chapter, because here are all the links to each chapter:

1. Thoughts on Preschool

2. Alphabet

3. Math

4. Language & Literacy

5. Motor Skills

6. The Arts

7. Sensory Play

8. Social Development

 Happy Weekend!

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