Group 1 (Grades K & 1)

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In Group 1 (Grades K-1)

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.