Playdates and attendance in preschool can surely enhance the child’s social skills but socialisation, which teaches the child to get along with others, requires more.
In a world saturated with technology, it is more vital that educators continue to value human interaction that is most important to student’s development. That is why parenting is so much more than seeing the child’s physical needs.
It is only part of the process that toddlers learn social skills by interacting with their peers. Parents have the most influence on how a child’s social, communications skills develop. The children observe the adults around them and try to role model of what they see.
Playdates and the attendance in the Pre-school can surely enhance the child’s life but socialization, which teaches the child to get along with others is not the same. There are mom& me programs where you can take the child to meet more peers as well. Although it is not important to spend the day with the same age peers as they may not necessarily learn to share, co-operate and have emotional self -control.
Pre School teachers also need to work on the child’s social skills by making it fun through play time, story- telling, playing games, look into activities for early childhood development.
Pre School social skills are dependent on many factors such-
1)Working in a Group- This can done by Pre- schoolers with play activities by putting them in groups where they play with blocks, as through this it teaches them to interact with others, even though it seems like they are playing alongside with one another, but they are surely absorbing many things going around them.
2) To Listen – The children are born with listening skills, but they definitely need to be improved and is very important very important. This can be done by allowing children to participate in discussions with their peers which helps stimulate their listening skills.
3) Care – Learning compassion from an early age helps prepare the children for relationships for when they are older. They need to know that laughing at someone when they are hurt is not acceptable.
4)Emotions- Children must learn to express their feelings freely. Once they learn to understand the feeling one can teach them to cope with it. It will help the child verbalize when he is angry. Emotional competence is key to helping the child develop strong social skills.
5) Being a friend – Teaches the child to be affectionate, support friends, and interact in a group.
Children are unique and they have their own unique ways of learning. Some of the ways of enforcing social skills in Pre-schoolers are
-By being supportive to their emotions especially when they are upset and keeping calm
-Showing them forgiveness and how to apologize
– Discuss gratitude
– Introduce television programs that promote social skills
The teacher should attempt to distinguish the needs to the young learners, and a diverse approach should be used accordingly. The child should feel that the classroom is safe, and they can trust the teacher and confide in them. By knowing each child’s name and different traits will help them know their learners and guide them in the right direction.
Aarul Malaviya (Founder of MASH Virtual & zamit)