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10 Kindergarten Social & Emotional Skills

Updated on January 9, 2014
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Kindergarten has become more academic based. However, it is still important to recognize the social & emotional skills that are developing in kindergarten. Here are some important social & emotional skills that you should work on with your child at home.

10 Kindergarten Social & Emotional Skills

Kindergarten has become more academic based than in the past. However, it is still important to recognize the social & emotional skills that are developing in kindergarten. Here are some social & emotional skills that we are working on in kindergarten.


1. Self Help Skills

Let your child become more independent at home. Encourage your child to become a problem solver. For example, encourage them to tie their own shoes, open their own food packages, and dress themselves.

2. Personal Health & Hygiene

This is a larger component of self-help skills. Kindergarten children should become more independent in their personal health and hygiene. However, they still need guidance and supervision from adults to make sure they are taking care of themselves.

Personal health and hygiene activities include, teeth brushing, bathing, hand washing, going to bed early, etc.

2. Oral Communication Skills
Help your child communicate their needs. Encourage children to speak in full sentences and to speak slowly and in a clear voice.

Give children prompts to follow

“I don’t like it when you_______"

“It makes me feel _____ when you _____”

4. Problem Solving Skills

Kindergarten children are quick to go to adults to solve their problems. Many times they can solve their problems themselves. Before stepping in to help, ask your child “have you tried to solve the problem yourself; try one more time and I bet you can solve the problem yourself” (examples: when they can’t find their toy, when they are not getting along with a sibling, etc.)

5. Getting Along with Others

This is an important life long skill! Schedule play-dates with school friends to practice social skills. Sign your child up for free classes at the library. Bring your child to the park, library, zoo, museums, etc so that they may interact with other children in positive environments & with your encouragement.

6. Background Knowledge

Children who do not have background knowledge have a lower comprehension rate. For example, if we are learning about animals and your child has not had the experience with an animal, they will have a lower comprehension rate because they do not have the background knowledge of the topic.

Take your child everywhere with you! Show them positive ways to behave in different settings. Point out things at the grocery store, park, mall, etc. Learning is happening everywhere and you are your child’s primary teacher! Giving your child real-life experiences will help with their learning and reading comprehension. Look for free events online or in the newspaper so that you can take your child to experience as much as they can!!

7. Safety Skills

Promote behaviors that keep your child safe. Have them ride their bike with a helmet, wear their seatbelt in the car and make sure they ALWAYS ride in a booster seat (it’s the law and it keeps them safe!).

8. Treating People Right

It is important to teach your children what is right and wrong. At my school we have two important rules 1. Do the right thing 2. Treat people right. Try to use these rules at home and reinforce what actions are right and wrong.

9. Playing

Playing is one of the best ways to learn. Let them engage in pretend play. Have them play with blocks, puzzles, dolls, etc. Have them explore things outside & inside. While children are playing they are learning! Limit time with TV, tablets, and game consoles. Young child need a great deal of time exploring real-life things! Through play children will gain essential social & emotional skills.

10. Listening Skills

This is important for reading & learning comprehension. In addition, it is important to teach your child to recognize and respect authority. We all have an authority that we need to report to and certain rules we need to follow.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub. We try to work with our Kindergartner to be more independent and to solve problems and this has given me some good tips.