Emotional development is an important part of social emotional development for preschoolers. The cornerstone of this domain consists of healthy relationships. This stage of development focuses on working with feelings and relationships.
Age: 3-5 Years
Domain: Social Emotional Development
Sub-domain: Emotional Development
Progress and Support
Preschoolers show progress when they
- use words instead of actions to express feelings,
- improve their ability to recognize and express feelings,
- respond increasingly to praise, limits, and other guidance,
- explore a wider range of emotions.
You support development when you
- create consistent schedules flexible enough to adapt to children’s changing interests,
- model both verbal and nonverbal positive conflict resolution strategies,
- help children think through solutions and anticipate consequences,
- encourage children to discuss their own feelings and the feelings of others.
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 director of operations 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.