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What is Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood?

What is Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood?

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January 14, 2018 | Amanda Munday
Teachers and caregivers can promote social emotional learning by modeling emotions vocabulary and language, building positive relationships with students, and providing a safe environment where children feel comfortable taking risks and expressing their feelings.

Social emotional learning is the process by which children learn to recognize their own emotions and the emotions of others, establish friendships and connections with others, learn to make good decisions, and approach challenges. Repeated experiences and exposure to social emotional learning situations help children develop the strategies and techniques to regulate emotions, relate to others in positive ways, and develop the language needed to communicate their needs and feelings.

Teachers and caregivers can promote social emotional learning by modeling emotions vocabulary and language, building positive relationships with students, and providing a safe environment where children feel comfortable taking risks and expressing their feelings. Children with social emotional challenges may demonstrate difficulties connecting with caregivers and peers, use physical aggression to communicate their needs, and internalize strong emotions resulting in behavior problems.

There are many strategies for integrating SEL into the preschool classroom to help manage challenging behavior and help children develop the essential skills they need for the future. For more information on social-emotional learning, check out the following resources from the HiMama Blog:


 
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