Group 1 (Grades K, 1 & 2)


In Group 1 (Grades K, 1 & 2)

Social-Emotional Characteristics

  • Children are moving from parallel play to cooperative play.

  • They are egocentric but beginning to recognize that others’ may have different feelings and opinions.

  • They are learning to share, take turns, compromise, and cooperate.

  • They are learning to use words to describe their own feelings and are beginning to show empathy.

  • Children are beginning to shift away from adults being most important to peers being most important.

  • They are developing a conscience and becoming more independent.

Some Ways We Foster Growth in the Classroom

  • Morning arrival activities—set the stage for a positive day, socially.

  • Dramatic play – Children have a chance to play at being a grown-up and learn to negotiate and work cooperatively.

  • Cooperative games during math and spelling

  • Presenting and offering positive feedback during author’s chair

  • Inventing games and playing during recess

  • Field trips – “Communicating around a common experience is the easiest way of linking an individual with others, of connecting individuals to each other.” John Dewey.

  • Modeling kindness and empathy

  • Setting clear limits for physical and emotional well-being

Tips for Parents

  • Help your kids use “I statements” about what they like or don’t like and help them verbalize how that makes them feel, ie: I like it when you… It makes me feel…

  • Have play dates with a variety of children from your child’s group. Outside of school time with peers helps cement relationships.

  • Model acceptance and discuss appreciation of diversity.

  • Set clear limits for both physical and emotional safety. ie: It’s not okay for you to ….

  • Encourage play!

  • Be consistent with bedtime. Set a routine and make sure your child gets enough sleep.