Preschool or kindergarten may be the first time children are in a non-family setting. They will need to become comfortable identifying themselves to teachers and friends.
Children need to know their likes and dislikes. When you let them know that their feelings and abilities are important to you, they become more independent and cooperative, and it is easier for others to work with them.
Appropriately identifying and expressing emotions and feelings helps children get along better with others. Learning the appropriate words to express their feelings and to solve problems is a key to succeeding in kindergarten.
Playtime is essential for building social skills, and it is a wonderful time for children to learn how to express themselves, work out problems, make choices, and build self-confidence.
As children are involved in deciding where their belongings go, they can find, use, and return items to the proper place so they can find and use them again later. This develops a sense of ownership and responsibility.