Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children – Virtual Toolkit
Professional Development Activity
Begin by reading the Growing Ideas: Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children Tipsheet (PDF) and completing the Growing Ideas Into Action Handout (PDF) – A resource to use as you read and use the tipsheets.
- Helping Children Play and Learn Together article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Promoting Social and Emotional Competence video
Try, Review, Reflect and Plan:
Helping Children Play and Learn Together offers suggestions intended to help children develop friendships with others in the classroom. Promoting Social and Emotional Competence is a video that provides guidance on ways to support positive social emotional development in young children.
- Click on the first website link to download the PDF document, Helping Children Play and Learn Together.
- Click on the second website link to view the video Promoting Social and Emotional Competence.
- Select and try out some of the strategies in your program.
- Use the Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children Self-Reflection Guide and Documentation Sheet (PDF) to:
- Review, reflect and plan your work with children.
- Document your training hours.
Highly Recommended Resource:
Hyson, M. (2023). Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development, Revised Edition. National Association for the Education of Young Children. ISBN: 978-952331-1-5
Help children from birth through third grade develop the social and emotional skills essential to their future well-being and success.
Children’s Book Selection:
Parr, T. (2000). The Feelings Book. Megan Tingley Books, Imprint of Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.
From Publisher’s annotation:
“Sometimes I feel silly … Sometimes I feel cranky … Sometimes I feel like kissing a sea lion.” There are so many different ways to feel, and author-illustrator Todd Parr believes people should not keep their feelings to themselves: “Share them with someone you love.”
Interested in additional information on this topic? Visit our Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children Selected Resources page.