The ability to cultivate healthy relationships is of critical importance for young children. At this stage, children learn to participate in group activities, build friendships, and work through conflict.
Age: 3-5 Years
Domain: Social Emotional Development
Sub-domain: Social Competence and Relationships
Progress and Support
Preschoolers show progress when they
- learn to play with one or more peers,
- hold positive expectations for adult interactions,
- participate in group activities with ease,
- show an understanding of other people’s individual rights,
- act out and explore different social roles through play.
You support development when you
- support and seek opportunities for children to help others,
- provide plenty of opportunities for children to explore social roles and relationships through play,
- help children understand their own cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of others,
- encourage children to listen and speak regularly,
- talk to children about the similarities and differences between different people,
- work with children to understand what others may be feeling, doing, and thinking,
- be an example children can emulate by modeling positive interactions.
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.