Social and emotional development is just as important for a successful school experience as cognitive development. This development begins before the child ever sets foot in a classroom, and continues unabated throughout her entire academic career. School is a particularly important period for this area of development; it’s where the foundation skills for appropriate social behavior are learned and embedded. There are a few social skills that are particularly important for a successful transition to kindergarten and elementary school:

The 5 Most Important Social Skills Mastery focus to provide them to our students

1) Understanding the difference between right and wrong, and understanding that there are consequences for their actions

This transition can go very smoothly, on the other hand, provided that the children understand the difference between right and wrong. This involves respecting the feelings and rights of others, and recognizing and respecting the authority figures responsible for enforcing the rules.

2) Using words to express their needs and feelings, and understanding that others have feelings too

Learning to express feelings in a socially appropriate way is vital to a successful academic career. By Mastery , students should be able to use their words to express how they feel. If they can’t do this, and instead choose to hit, scream, or throw things, they’ll experience a tremendous amount of difficulty in the classroom. Not only will they be less likely to have their needs and wants met, they’ll probably experience social difficulties with their peers as well. It’s important for them to learn more constructive ways of expressing their emotions, and to respect the feelings and needs of others as well.

3) Sharing, taking turns, and using nice words when playing with other children

This is one of the most important skills tackled during kindergarten and elementary, and one that will significantly affect the rest of your students academic career. It’s incredibly rare to find a classroom with one of everything for every student in the class, and as such it will simply be necessary for your child to learn to share toys, supplies, materials, and attention.

Do be patient as you monitor your child’s progress with this skill. Kindergarten children are just beginning to learn how to share politely, and it often takes several years for children to learn how to do it consistently.

4) Playing alone or with other students, without needing constant supervision

As children become older and enter higher levels of learning, they’re expected to exhibit more independence and require less and less direct supervision. In Mastery, your Kid should be able to attend to a task without constant reminders of what to be doing. This will prepare him for future grades, and will help build a sense of independence and personal accomplishment.

5) Making decisions independently, while remaining safe

For many students, school is a scary new place which provokes a great deal of anxiety. These students may struggle in school, because their anxiety prevents them from exploring new places, considering new ideas, and trying new things. For students who are curious and are willing to explore new ideas, Mastery is a wonderful place, filled with opportunities to learn, to play, and to participate in interesting new activities. To whatever extent is possible, help your kid foster a healthy sense of curiosity and willingness to explore new things. Of course, this curiosity should be balanced with an awareness of safety, both for himself and for others.

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