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Nurturing Emotional Skills in INTO SCHOOL

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Investing in the development of emotional skills at an early age yields numerous long-term benefits

At INTO SCHOOL, we understand that early childhood is a critical period for developing a range of skills.  Among the various skills learned during the early years, emotional skills stand out as crucial for a child's overall well-being and future success. Our learning environment is designed to be a place where children can learn to understand and manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, and develop resilience through engaging activities. 

Understanding Emotional Skills

Emotional skills include the ability to recognize and name different emotions that arise in oneself and others, and to express them in an understandable and safe way. As emotional skills develop, children understand why and in what kind of situations different emotions arise and what kind of needs they indicate. They learn to regulate the intensity of their emotions and to use creative problem-solving to meet their own and other people's needs in a satisfying and respective way.

Key components of emotional intelligence include:

  • Self-awareness: Recognizing one’s own emotions and their impact.

  • Self-regulation: Managing emotions and behaviors in different situations.

  • Social awareness: Understanding and empathizing with others’ emotions.

  • Relationship management: Building and maintaining healthy relationships.

Benefits of Emotional Skills Development

Investing in the development of emotional skills at an early age yields numerous long-term benefits, including:

  • Emotional Skills Increase Self-Knowledge By observing our feelings, thoughts, and actions throughout the day, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. This self-awareness boosts our confidence in making decisions and choices in life

  • Better Relationships: Awareness of our own emotions makes it easier to perceive and understand the emotions of others, hence helping us build stronger connections with peers and family

  • Enhanced Resilience: Emotionally skilled children are more adaptable and confident, able to handle life’s challenges effectively.

  • Mental Health: Emotional skills enable us to observe and identify the emotions that burden us and protect us against mental health issues, reducing the likelihood of anxiety and depression.

  • Improved Academic Performance: Children with strong emotional skills perform better academically, as they can concentrate better and manage stress. 

The Role of early childhood education in Emotional Development

Emotional skills are not innate; they need to be cultivated and practiced like any other skill. Children develop these skills through interactions with others, making adult support vital in nurturing a child's emotional development in various ways. 

Educators at INTO SCHOOL play a vital role in fostering emotional development. They are not just supervisors but active participants in the children's emotional education. They model emotional intelligence, provide guidance, facilitate activities that promote emotional skills, and create a supportive and nurturing environment.

Structured Social Interactions

At INTO SCHOOL, children have numerous opportunities to interact with their peers. Through guided play and collaborative activities, they learn essential social skills like sharing, taking turns, and resolving conflicts. These interactions are crucial for developing social awareness and relationship management. Practicing emotional skills with an adult helps children articulate their feelings in various situations. It can also aid in regulating emotions by identifying how specific situations influence their emotions and thoughts, ultimately affecting their actions. Reflecting on the sequence of events allows children to understand the impact of their emotions on their behavior.

Emotionally Supportive Environment

At INTO SCHOOL our skilled educators create a nurturing atmosphere where children feel safe to express their emotions. Educators are sensitive to children’s initiatives and model appropriate emotional responses. Providing guidance on managing strong emotions like anger or frustration helps children develop self-awareness and self-regulation. It is important to notice that children do not intentionally exhibit challenging behaviors; there is always an underlying reason and a need for their actions. By practicing regulation activities with adult guidance, children can better manage their emotions.

Play-Based Learning

Play is a fundamental part of our curriculum at INTO SCHOOL. Through role-playing games and imaginative play, children explore different social roles and scenarios, enhancing their understanding of emotions. Play allows children to explore empathy and develop a better grasp of how others might feel in various situations. The educators take part in children’s play modeling and supporting children’s interaction, self-regulation and emotional skills.

Guided Emotional Expression

Activities such as storytelling, drawing, and music are integral to our program. These creative outlets provide children with ways to express their emotions.  Our educators encourage children to express themselves, to share their opinions boldly and at the same time to listen to others and take into account different opinions and thoughts.  Through modeling and discussions educators guide children in labeling their feelings and  expressing them in a safe way.

Naming and recognising emotions

Educators at INTO SCHOOL help children to better understand and articulate their emotions. In addition to verbal expressions, we use pictures and sign language as tools for children to articulate their emotions. Being able to name one’s emotions creates the foundation for the development of emotional skills.

Conflict Resolution

We teach problem-solving skills and encourage children to come up with solutions during conflicts. This might involve discussing different perspectives and finding mutually acceptable solutions, fostering emotional intelligence and empathy.

Mindfulness Activities

Simple mindfulness exercises, like breathing techniques or quiet reflection time, are part of our curriculum. These practices help children learn to calm themselves and manage stress, enhancing their self-regulation and self-awareness.

Positive Reinforcement

Educators at INTO SCHOOL acknowledge and praise positive emotional behaviors, such as sharing or showing empathy. This reinforcement helps children understand the value of emotional intelligence in building relationships.


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