When you enroll your child at Stonewall Day Care Center, you are taking a vital step towards making sure that they develop the social skills they will need to be successful both in school and in life. But how exactly do children develop these social skills, and what are the skills that day care helps them establish specifically? Stonewall is here to help by shedding some insight into your child’ social skill development.
One of the most basic social skills that young children learn is how to determine whether a situation is a casual or formal one. This is an important skill for them to learn because it determines what kind of behaviors will be expected from them and how they should expect others to react in these situations. In day care, your child will learn from his or her peers about casual and formal settings by observing their behaviors. For example, during free playtime, there are obviously fewer restrictions and children are encouraged to find activities to do together; this is a more casual social setting. They will learn that, while there are rules in such settings, they do not require the same kind of behavior as others do. However, during a more constructed time, such as when one of our adults in charge is talking and giving instructions to the group, your child will notice how other children pay attention and are quiet; this is a more formal setting that requires that kind of behavior. They will be able to apply this knowledge to other formal settings that they encounter outside of the day care center.
Playing and working together in groups and teams is also instrumental in helping children develop social skills. They will learn the value of cooperation, discussion, and even healthy debate when they are all working as individuals towards a common goal. Even if your child disagrees with another child on how to go about completing their activity, he or she will then be able to learn how to cope with those emotions. Though they might feel frustration, confusion, or even anger, the social situations they are in will teach them that while feeling those things is natural, it is also possible to find a way to feel relaxed, confident, and content.
Enrolling your child at Stonewall Day Care Center is one of the best things that you can do to ensure that they develop the skills they need for life. Call today if you have any questions or concerns!
Read about our Stonewall Day Care Curriculum to learn about our early childhood education program.
Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.
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