Social Emotional Learning

What is Preschoolers’ Social-Emotional Development?

  • Gaining knowledge of social and emotional abilities
  • Showing compassion for your parents, friends, and other people.
  • Making healthy connections with other individuals and your peers.
  • Inhibiting negative behaviors

Children in preschool go through a lot of emotional development. The social skills kids pick up at this age prepare them for understanding friendship, creating routines, and interpreting different scenarios. Children are better prepared for academic performance and positive social relationships later in life when this type of learning is encouraged.


What does age-appropriate SEL actually look like in a pre-K child?

  • Look after their bodies (i.e., wash their faces and brush their teeth)
  • Become mindful of gender
  • Recognize the differences between “yours” and “my”


What Social and Emotional Developmental Activities Are Two Examples of a Preschooler?

There are numerous ways that social and emotional skill development might affect pre-K child development, but we’ll focus on the two most prevalent (and important) ones here: Having self-control and being sensitive to others’ feelings.


Impulse management

Children in preschool are beginning to understand impulse control as well as their emotional displays, such as anger. Students receiving SEL assistance at this age learn how to:

  • Share toys during playtime
  • When the teacher reads a narrative, pay close attention.
  • Playing with a toy with a classmate requires taking turns.
  • Students can gain the discipline needed to study a lesson, read a book, and finally get good grades by establishing a baseline for impulse control.
  • understanding of others’ emotions

Children become more conscious of other people’s sentiments as they gain a better comprehension of their own feelings.


Children in Pre-K at this age can:

  • Establish relationships and show affection
  • SEL enables kids to cultivate a deeper sense of empathy, which helps them play and learn in groups. Students are encouraged to observe how people’s actions can reflect their mood. When a friend is feeling sad (for example, crying), recognize it and respond with kindness.

How Can Preschools Help Children Develop Social and Emotional Skills?

The advantages of social and emotional development in preschool education have long been documented by research. According to a study conducted in Melbourne, Australia, social-emotional development has a favorable impact on young children in grade one and the preparatory years (preschool and kindergarten). Furthermore, a different study discovered that teachers who do not effectively use SEL tend to be more stressed out and are more likely to affect student well being. So, it’s clear how SEL helps the teacher and the student.

With this information, pre-K institutions must make every effort to aid children in gaining emotional skills both at school and at home. The following steps can be taken by pre-K educators through their observations and direction:

  • Give children routines and frameworks.
  • Encourage students’ sense of play in academic settings
  • Encourage acceptable student involvement.
  • Set guidelines for appropriate conduct and emotional expression.


Milestone for Emotional Development

Throughout early infancy, a child will progress through various stages (milestones) of social-emotional development. Toddlers learn how to verbally express demands, while babies and newborns may learn to play with objects.

Preschool (years 3-5) is the time, nevertheless, when kids start to investigate their surroundings and develop a sense of independence. Throughout this phase:

  • Family separation (reduced attachment) for school purposes becomes commonplace.
  • Children learn how to take care of their own needs for clothing and identification.
  • On the playground and in the classroom, kids take part in more artistic activities including singing, dancing, and elaborate role-playing.
  • The ability to control one’s temperament on their own, however, is the most typical emotional milestone for preschoolers.

While toddlers still suffer temper tantrums, they are more aware of their emotions (such as happiness or sadness, etc, depending on the situation).

By asking for assistance and communicating vital information through language rather than physical actions, SEL prepares preschool pupils to better manage their anxieties.

It does not follow that preschoolers will always be obedient and obey directions. They are more likely to, however,

  • Recognize the importance of collaboration (especially in group experiences with classmates)
  • want to play with a companion as opposed to by yourself

Since every child is unique, educators and parents should attempt to remain patient if a particular child doesn’t reach every developmental milestone. However, if a kid hasn’t been expressing a lot or isn’t showing any of these behaviors, a trained child psychologist should be contacted by the caregiver for a screening. There could be developmental delays in the child.

Preschool should provide ample opportunities within the school day to mentor and teach students appropriate responses to certain scenarios. Teaching children to talk through their feelings is a first step in a child developing an understanding of why they are feeling a certain way, and appropriate ways to deal with the emotions they are feeling. Parents and teachers should work together, and be on the same page with one another. This can be a challenge for all stakeholders, but it is worth the effort.

Students that possess social-emotional intelligence experience self-worth while taking constructive acts. Since thoughts, deeds, and feelings about oneself are all intertwined, socio-emotional intelligence offers guidance in particular areas, such as:

  • Self-awareness education is important because it teaches pupils how to consciously cultivate positive attitudes and habits.
  • Self-management – By learning to manage their time, energy, talents, and finances, students may better regulate their impulses.
  • Social awareness – Successful social interactions call for the capacity to relate to those who may come from very different origins or cultures. Students learn to be aware of their own feelings and the acts of those in their support system, including family, friends, and the community, in addition to developing their own awareness and empathy.

The best learning environments are those where students are exposed to teachings that are relevant, difficult, and engaging while being supported by their peers. Developing adolescents’ social emotional intelligence is crucial to laying the groundwork for their academic success and ethical social behavior.

To teach emotional and social intelligence and promote social-emotional learning in the classroom and in daily life, various strategies can be used. Students might be urged to articulate their ideas, become more conscious of their own emotional responses, and pay attention to other people’s posture and facial expressions.