Children thrive in environments where they feel loved, valued, and safe. By taking time to reflect on the way that we interact, communicate, and connect with young children, we are able to create a classroom environment that supports learning and development. To help guide your reflections on this important practice, check out this article to find tips and suggestions for thoughtful interactions with children in this article.
Valentine’s Day is a reminder that feeling valued and loved helps young children develop a positive sense of self. When children feel loved by their teachers, their parents, and their peers, it helps them to feel secure and comfortable with themselves as individuals. As educators, one of the most important parts of our job is modeling love and kindness toward the children in our program and toward ourselves.
As early learning professionals, our goal is to support children in developing skills to build healthy relationships. Even at a young age, early social emotional skills emerge naturally as children experience relationships with other children. These experiences can be encouraged and reinforced by educators to support children as they learn how to build healthy relationships.
Preschool is a time when children acquire important foundational skills that they will carry with them into elementary school and beyond. In addition to learning academic concepts, children also learn social-emotional skills that help them resolve conflicts with peers. As caregivers and educators, it is our job to give children the tools to resolve conflicts when they arise.
In a culture of instant gratification, one of the best gifts that we can share with young children is to teach them the ability to persevere when faced with challenges. For children to develop these skills, they must have opportunities to take on challenges, problem-solve, and pick themselves up to try again. Perseverance is also sometimes called grit, referring to a person’s ability to push forward towards his or her goals regardless of any potential obstacles.