Today we are talking a little about what are the Social and Emotional Milestones that we are assessing with preschool age kids.
Again we look at the progressions.
A three year old what's mine, and what's hers/his, they might not like it, but they do know. If their friend is crying, they care and they show their feelings like affection to their friends. They are able to take turns when playing a game, and they are starting to copy their parents. And they can dress themselves and undress themselves.
A four year old has made progress and they can do all of that and more. Instead of just copying their parents, they can now play "grownups" they can be the mom or the dad as they play. They are more creative, using their imagination as they play (this is my rocket ship) and they prefer playing with someone else instead of alone. They cooperate well with others, "you be the dad, I'll be the mom --- no I want to be a nurse instead -- okay" it's not a big deal it's a fluid playtime. They aren't sure of the difference of real and make believe. And they are wanting to tell you what they like, and enjoy and did. Remember yesterday? We know that they are telling us the story using words like he, and she.
Now the five year old has all of this and more! They can tell what's real and what's make believe, and they enjoying singing, dancing acting, and yes acting up sometimes too. They are feeling more independent, and can be trusted with some independence. They like their friends, they want their friends to be happy, and they want to be like their friends. Yes that starts early with kids.
We have gone from a three year old can wait there turn to, the five year old that can wait to play their game, because they are going to play their friends game first.
The three year old that knows it my ball, and her box. To the four year old that knows, it's my ball, and her box, and we can play basketball together. To the five year old that can make a plan, use complete sentences, create a game and do it as a team with their friends.
Do you have a good idea now, about the basics of how assessments work?
Monday I will do some resource shares for you, so you can have some tracking right in your hand.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K