In the 3’s program, teachers create experiences that help children learn how to be empathetic community members, and to move from toddler-like parallel play to cooperative learning and sharing. By establishing daily routines in the classroom and close relationships with each child, teachers create an environment of comfort and safety, which leads to a willingness to take risks and learn.
Activities that support development:
- Modeling socially-appropriate language skills (ex: “Look at your friend’s face. Do they look happy or sad?”; “Can I join?”)
- Practice identifying and naming specific emotions and outlets for sharing emotions; doing a daily feeling check each morning
- A name games and feelings unit to foster community building