SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
There are many ways we can encourage emotionally-intelligent behavior in a child. Below are five strategies that we can use to promote healthy social-emotional learning:
- Role Modelling
Children model their behavior from those they admire; parents and teachers. When we model a variety of emotions and coping strategies children learn to manage their emotions and appropriate ways to react in circumstances.
- Emotional Coaching
Accept and talk about the child’s emotions. Teach them to label, cope, and problem-solve their emotions. As well as to appropriately express their emotions.
Reading books provides opportunities to learn and discuss social-emotional topics with children; like taking turns and cooperating with others.
Providing choices for children and the independence to make their own choices are linked to high levels of social-emotional learning. Teaching children how to negotiate and solve problems leads to improved social skills in future relationships with peers.
- Rules and Expectations
Setting rules, expectations for behavior, praise for positive behaviors, and ignoring unwanted behavior are all associated with higher-level social-emotional skills.