Preschool programs can teach children valuable skills to help them get along with their peers. For example, they can show them how to play and communicate well with others, control feelings of aggression and solve problems that may arise in social situations. Specifically they can…
Teach social skills (through stories, pictures, puppets) and practice them (through role-plays and games). They can also teach children how to deal with various social situations (sharing a toy, taking turns, apologizing, etc.).
“Coach” young children on how to initiate play, ask questions and support their peers.
Reinforce positive interactions between children in the classroom and provide opportunities for play.
Learning these skills will help children to make friends and be accepted by their peers throughout their school years – and can make a big difference in their success in school.