Developing a healthy self-concept is an important part of social emotional development for preschoolers. They will develop views of themselves as learners and community members. At this stage, children learn to participate in group activity, build friendships, and work through conflict.
Age: 3-5 Years
Domain: Social Emotional Development
Progress and Support
Preschoolers show progress when they
- grow more confident in own abilities,
- recognize own abilities, characteristics, and preferences,
- develop self-concept which includes gender and cultural heritage,
- show more self-direction and independence.
You can support development by doing the following:
- recognize and support children’s interest and pride in their cultural heritage,
- look for hints of budding new interests and find activities to support them,
- make new experiences and activities available for children to explore,
- provide plenty of warm, nurturing relationships.
Resource: Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, 2005
Author: Nate McCallister
Nate McCallister started with SonShine Learning Center in 2003 as a preschool teacher. Today, he works as the organization’s financial director and is the site director at the Luther location. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and professional writing from Metropolitan State University and studied early childhood education at St. Paul College.