Your child is getting ready to start preschool. This can be a whole new game when they are used to being home with you on a regular basis. It can be hard for some kids who struggle with social skills when they start their first day. Here is a list of 9 Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool to help you prepare them for their best school days ahead.
Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool.
Skill #1: Introducing Themselves-Sometimes kids can be shy but it’s good for them to be able to introduce themselves. To make things easier, teach them to start with a smile and then introduce themselves. Starting with a smile shows others that they are friendly and fun to be around. Explain to them that they may have to introduce themselves several times because it will take time for everyone in their class to learn each other’s names.
Skill#2: Asking for help-It is important that your child is comfortable asking for help. If they are nervous, explain that sometimes asking for help in a group is much better because there are a lot of other people to help you. Give them an example where they may need to, like needing help picking up the Legos at clean up time.
Skill#3: Following Instructions-This is a big one. It is important for your child to be able to follow instructions. In the weeks before preschool, start giving them 3 step instructions to follow and see how they do. For example, to clean your room;
- Make your bed
- Pick up the toys off the floor
- Put your dirty clothes in the basket
Skill#4: Disagreeing Appropriately-It’s bound to happen, there will be disagreements at preschool. Teach your child to respect other people’s opinions and to agree to disagree sometimes. For example, a boy may think that girls can only play with dolls, ponies, and stuffed animals while your girl thinks that she can play with whatever toys she wants, regardless of gender stereotype. Teach your child to calmly state their opinion instead of getting into a he said/she said, I’m right/you’re wrong screaming match. Your teacher will thank you. 🙂
Skill#5: Accepting ‘No’ for an answer- This is very, very important. There will be many times when your child will want to do something or try to do something and hear the word ‘no’. Sometimes they will want to get out a new playing center when there isn’t enough time before transitioning. Sometimes they will follow another student in doing something they shouldn’t just to test the waters. It happens. Teaching your child to accept the word ‘no’ will lead to a lot less headaches later.
More Social Skills Kids Need To Know.
Skill#6: Showing Appreciation-Teach your child to say “Thank you” when a classmate does something for them.
Skill #7: Making An Apology-Teach your child how to make a heartfelt, genuine apology. This will go a long way in the classroom when a wrong has been done.
Skill#8: Controlling Emotions-Children need to learn how to control their emotions in stressful situations. Teach them techniques to calm down before they lash out in their emotions. Everyone has a right to how they feel but blowing up at a teacher or classmate can lead to much bigger problems.
Skill#9: Accepting Consequences or Criticism-When your child gets in trouble at home, make sure they have consequences. They will need to learn this in order to prepare for school. Each school has different consequences for bad behavior and your child will have to deal with these consequences. Also, they need to learn to accept criticism when it comes their way. And it will. Kids can be really mean sometimes. Explain to your child what criticism is and teach them ways to cope and understand it. Always start off your day with a positive affirmation.
By teaching these 9 social skills kids need before preschool, you will be sending a genuine, sympathetic, awesome child to school. By your child learning these 9 social skills today, they are headed for a better day in the classroom.