Supporting Friendship Skills
Ways to support young children as they learn how to make and maintain friendships
Young children may be starting to show interest in their peers. But sometimes, sharing, taking turns, or connecting with others can be hard. As they start to play together or begin friendships, children will need our ongoing support with these tricky interactions. It’s our role to teach children social skills and provide opportunity and support as they try them out.
Hallmarks of This Strategy
Create a Safe Space
A cooperative and accepting classroom environment provides a safe and nurturing space for children to practice social interactions.
Teach Social Skills
Intentionally teaching children social skills through books, puppets, and songs will help them understand what is expected in social situations.
Join in the Play
Modeling, prompting interactions, and providing support can help children learn how to navigate interactions with their peers.
Teaching Friendship Skills
In this lesson, we cover tips for explicitly teaching social skills in engaging and meaningful ways, such as using books, puppets, and songs.
Supporting Friendship Skills in the Moment
In this lesson, we see explore ways to support friendship skills in the moment when they occur during play.
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