To be prepared for school, children also must be excited and curious about learning and confident that they can succeed. Knowing the ABCs is not enough. In order to succeed in school, children must be able to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviors, and get along with their peers and teachers.
The California Preschool Instructional Network sponsored a Research Event in October 2008 featuring Dr. Ross Thompson who was a lead researcher in the development and writing of the social-emotional development domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations published by the California Department of Education. His presentation focused upon how social, emotional, and motivational skills are central to learning in early childhood and are foundations for school readiness. He discussed how these skills are shaped by experiences in the family and with teachers and peers in early childhood settings. Using the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Dr. Thompson highlighted social and emotional skills that develop during early childhood and how they are important to a child’s experience in a preschool classroom.
To view Dr. Ross Thompson's presentation on Social-Development click this link: