Social and Emotional Development

Social-emotional development refers to a child’s ability to identify feelings, self-regulate and build relationships.

High-quality relationships correlate to positive outcomes for young children (Shonkoff, 2004). Brain research verifies that emotional and cognitive development are interrelated (Bell &Wolf, 2004). Therefore, we integrate a social-emotional component into all Mother Goose Time lesson plans because young children who have strong social and emotional development are more likely to have good academic performance in future schooling (Cohen, 2005).

Social-Emotional skills and goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum:


1 Self-Concept
1.1 Expresses preferences
1.2 Takes responsibility
1.3 Identifies and manages feelings
2 Self-Direction
2.1 Follows rules and routines
2.2 Maintains attention
2.3 Transitions and adapts
3 Social Relationships
3.1 Builds positive relationships
3.2 Cooperates
3.3 Cares for and responds to others

Developmental Skill Continuum

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