Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Preschool Activities that meet Social Emotional Standards


It's Wednesday, which means it's time for some activities aligned to a specific standard.  This is the sixth week of this feature, and we're still on social emotional standards. (The Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards - you can review them here, however I've found that even if your State's standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly). Let's see what great ideas we can find today!

Domain: Social Emotional Development
Strand: Relationships
Topic: Interactions with Adults

All children should be able to make a list of adults that they trust and feel comfortable with.  The key to meeting this particular standard is making sure that children are able to successfully interact with familiar adults, and recognize that interactions with adults may be different than interactions with peers.  Here are some ideas for meeting this standard on your lesson plan:


10 ways to practice waiting from The Little Stories

Great ideas to support meaningful relationships with your students from NAEYC

Create an expert chart - a list of all of the wonderful qualities that you recognize in your students (This will help them see that you have been paying attention, and that you really know what makes each child special). Found on Pinterest

You could also work with your students to create a list of adults that they spend time with.  The children can add their favorite activities to do with each of these people.  

This is not a particularly easy standard to plan for, but it lends itself well to the Thanksgiving season, when we generally talk about families and important people.  Check back next week, I'll have a bunch of ideas for peer interactions!

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