Language, Social Foundations

The Connection Between Language and Theory-of-Mind

I’ve been doing a lot of research on language and Theory-of-Mind these last few weeks and after looking into all this research, the consensus is in…..  Language is the key to developing Theory-of-Mind. Language isn’t only the key to Theory-of-Mind but it is”the only ability that has clearly been shown to be directly related to… Read More The Connection Between Language and Theory-of-Mind

Classroom, Play Skills, Social Foundations

Why Theory of Mind Makes a Child Popular

Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to recognize others’ perspectives and how this affects their behavior. ToM is essentially ‘social understanding’ and is a skill that significantly develops between the ages of 3-5. Kiddos do learn a lot during the preschool years, but ToM is something you should pay extra special attention to because… Read More Why Theory of Mind Makes a Child Popular

Behavior, Social Foundations

How to Set Behavior Expectations

Children around 3-6 years-old have undesirable (or bad) behavior for two reasons: attention/access or avoid/escape. Older children and adults demonstrate inappropriate behavior for more complex reasons like spite but continue to be motivated by attention and avoidance. Behavior, whether appropriate or inappropriate (PC for good and bad), is all about what works. If something works… Read More How to Set Behavior Expectations

In the Classroom, Social Foundations

Can Social Skills Predict a Kindergartner’s Future?

Yes….mostly. Social competence in kindergarten is associated with graduating high school, attending college, and future employment (Jones et al., 2015). This could be because children with social skills have developed readiness-to-learn skills. They know how to interact in a group, behave appropriately, and therefore are successful in an academic environment. While I’ve read the research and seen… Read More Can Social Skills Predict a Kindergartner’s Future?

Play Skills, Social Foundations

Playing Pretend

It’s important for kids to play pretend because playing pretend is one of the key ways that young children develop social skill. (Seriously and you know how important social skills are, especially if you’ve read this) Another bonus of playing pretend is that this is one of the big predictors of creativity as an adult… Read More Playing Pretend

Play Skills

Top Playground Fail

“Can I Play with You?” is one of the top social faux pas on the playground. Right alongside hijacking and dominating the play group. As adults, we may prompt children to join ongoing play by asking, “Can I play with you?” but this is not how children naturally join their peers. Children comment on the… Read More Top Playground Fail