Tips to help your children with social skills & safety and self help competence . . .
Social & Character Building Skills
- Provide opportunities for your child to spend time with other children playing and talking.
- Encourage your child to share and to take turns.
- Give small chores or jobs to your child so that they may experience responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.
- Get into a daily routine now so that the transition to those early school days will go more smoothly!
- Talk and model how to express feelings appropriately and with self control.Remind children to listen when others talk (looking into the speaker's eyes, waiting their turn to speak).Safety and Self Help Competence
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- Have your child practice orally stating their home information in case of emergencies (full name, parents' names, address, telephone number).
- When going for walks, practice looking both ways before crossing the street and walking on the sidewalk.
- Let children tie, snap, button, and zip their own clothing. This is a great fine motor skill accomplishment, too!
- Model and encourage the practice of good hygiene - washing hands, covering mouth when coughing, covering nose when sneezing, brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.
Have children get into the habit of always putting their toys away after playing and cleaning up after themselves.