Babies are born with the ability to experience and to express many kinds of emotions. Through their many positive interactions with their surroundings, like in Tutor Time’s baby class, they learn to deliver their feelings and to communicate effectively to get their needs met.
As babies grow into toddlers and later preschoolers, they can manage more things by themselves but still need guidance and support from their caregivers. They are learning ways to cope with conflict and to solve problems through their relationships with significant adults in their lives which is a part of the social and emotional skills.
Social and emotional learning is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. These are essential life skills that support wellbeing and positive mental health. Children who have developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conﬂict, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. Social and emotional learning provides practical skills that all children can learn and apply to everyday situations.
In fact, children’s social and emotional skills are developing all the time. However, skills may develop differently for different children. Each child might experience different environment and deal with different adult. Therefore, parents, carers and schools working together to help children develop social and emotional skills can really make a positive difference for children’s mental health. Structured teaching for students to practice and generalize in the classroom, school and wider community, are also crucial to implementing effective social and emotional learning.
This article is written by Yenti Handala, Center Director of Tutor Time Pluit. Ms Yenti holds a degree in Education from Atmajaya University and has 16 years of educating experience. If you would like to know more about Tutor Time Pluit you can find out more here or contact her by filling the form below.