Social and Emotional Development

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Social and emotional development is just as important to children's learning as their academic development. NAEYC's resources offer information about the latest research, ideas for classroom practice, and strategies to share with families.

Making Peace in Kindergarten

Read about one teacher's research and observations as she explores how to create a more peaceful and inclusive classroom.

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Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development

Explore how teachers can use the opportunities embedded in their classroom practices, routines, and lessons to nurture healthy behaviors in children from birth through third grade. 

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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Will You Pass the Peas, Please?

I hope to encourage more teachers to use family-style dining as part of their daily intentional teaching.

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Authored by: Nikki Waldron
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Tape Puts Everything Back Together

Helping children learn to recognize and manage big feelings is an important part of social and emotional development.

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Authored by: Nancy Bleemer
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Ask Hello. How to Handle Hurtful Words

In a recent Hello discussion, a member asked for advice on how to react when children use words that are hurtful or unsuitable for early learning spaces.
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Instead of Discipline, Use Guidance

It’s our job to teach children positive lessons from their mistakes—and to make sure we don’t hold their mistakes against them.

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Authored by: ​Dan Gartrell
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Mindful Morning Meetings

Try integrating a meditation bell into your morning meetings for additional social and emotional benefits.

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Authored by: Ariel Villano
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

6x: What You Can Do to Prevent Preschool Expulsion

. Nationwide, suspension and expulsion from early childhood education programs is prevalent and problematic, and it disproportionately impacts Black boys. Here are six things you can do to prevent preschool expulsion.

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Authored by: Alissa Mwenelupembe
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I'm Not Ready to Tidy Up

So what is a parent to do when they have a room full of playthings and a child who is not interested in picking any of it up? Here are five tips I’ve gathered from my career as an early childhood educator and my experience as a mom
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Young Children
November 1, 2019

How Do I See Myself? How Do Others See Me?: Exploring Identity Kindergarten

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Doriet Berkowitz
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