Social and Emotional Learning at Home
Talking To Young Children
Use Positive Statements: Tell children what they CAN do instead of what they cant do.
Give Simple Instruction: To many instructions at once can be overwhelming and confusing.
Model "I" Messages: Use language that expresses your feelings and the reasons behind them.
Ask Open Ended Questions: Talk to children, not at them. Ask open-ended questions that allow children to to explain their thought processes and stay curious.
Offer choices you can live with: Give children a choice whenever possible, but be ready to honor their decisions.
Support Your Child's Learning