Social Emotional skills are essential to success in school and life.
Intentionally teaching and practicing these skills in the early years is necessary for a strong social emotional foundation.
Start your daily practice with these simple ideas in the February Share Your Love Calendar.
These quick and easy activities are the perfect way to connect with your child while practicing and reinforcing the social emotional skills needed to build relationships, play with others, recognize feelings and build empathy.
Here’s how to get started:
1. Print the Calendar
1. Print the Share Your Love Calendar and hang it somewhere easily visible in your home, like the refrigerator.
2. Introduce it to your child.
Invite your child to engage in the activity by reviewing some of the tasks, “Look at this calendar for the month of February, everyday in February we can do something that shares our love for others. Let’s see if we can get all 28 days and then the next day we’ll celebrate!”
This experience not only teaches children how to follow some step by step process, but also has them learning to wait while the cookies bake and share, to give some cookies to others.
And if you have a chance to decorate you can encourage your child to put the first letter of their name on the cookies or help them identify them if you did it.
3. Pick a day to start
Most people like to start February 1st. Start by reviewing the day’s activity with your child and give some examples or demonstrate how it might be done.
4. Encourage and reinforce their efforts
Encourage your child to independently perform the task and once they do, reinforce with specific language.
“Wow! I saw you give your sister a turn to go first in the game.”
“That is sharing your love with others!”
5. Encourage and reinforce their efforts
Mark completion of the task by placing a sticker (these offer a fun variety for choice!) or drawing a heart over the task and ask your child questions like the following to support empathy skills.
“How do you think that makes them feel?” or “How did that help someone else?”
6. Complete all 28 days and then celebrate !!!!!
Social Emotional Skills need daily practice so be sure to carry some of these ideas over in the future. Giving praise and emphasizing how their actions and words can be used to help others! And when it’s a leap year, February 29th can be full of a celebration day!
Don’t forget to get your calendar download here!
Watch this video for more ideas
These quick and easy activities are the perfect way to connect with your child while practicing and reinforcing the social emotional skills needed to build relationships, play with others, recognize feelings and build empathy. Remember to start small and keep it up daily to keep it manageable. If one thing doesn’t work, try to redo the things they do more easily to reinforce positive vibes!
Check out this page for more activity ideas and don’t forget to get the Play and Learning Book which has over 50 ideas and activities that you can provide your child to support their PILES of development.