Kindergarten Readiness: Social Skills


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MINT HILL, NC – Kindergarten readiness is in the hearts and minds of many parents right now. In a few short months, many children will be embarking on an exciting academic adventure. Social skills for kindergarteners are very important. Some experts contend that social skills are more important than academic skills as it relates to kindergarten readiness. What social skills are key to ensure that our students are ready for kindergarten? First, our students should be able to share. Sharing is a social skill that may be relatively new for some, but one that will serve your children well throughout their academic career. Next, kindergarten students should be able to follow directions. Talk to your child about his or her teacher and the role that the teacher plays in the classroom. For some children, kindergarten will be their first experience under an authority other than their parents. Communicate to your children that it is important for them to follow directions in order to be a good classroom citizen. Talking to your children about the role of  teachers and other school staff in authority will help them transition to a new environment. Lastly, it is important that they  are able to use their words to express how they feel. Children who are not able to express their emotions in a way that is socially acceptable will  cause disruptions in the classroom and find it difficult to make friends. Good social skills help our children to navigate new territory. Please subscribe to The Inside Instructor Podcast for practical tips on how to make learning fun and a part of everyday life.

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