Mastering social-emotional skills is far more than selecting the right emojis.
Our friends at Zero to Three describe social-emotional skills as “Making friends. Showing anger in a healthy way. Figuring out conflicts peacefully. Taking care of someone who has been hurt. Waiting patiently. Following rules. Enjoying the company of others.”
Social-emotional learning doesn’t happen all at once. Young children master these skills in small steps over time. Preschool TV shows like Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street offer age-appropriate and often charming lessons. As children get older, social emotional learning continues, and the skills become important in different ways.
Look below for articles from publications such as, Fast Company, The Atlantic, and The New York Times that offer history, perspective, and value of mastering social-emotional skills.