Social And Emotional Development

Providing children with a safe and proactive environment for social and emotional development is our main priority at Mountain View.

At Mountain View it’s our goal to maximize on opportunities for social and emotional development during the four-year-old year. To achieve this goal we capitalize on two types of social and emotional teaching opportunities. Incidental Teaching and Intentional Teaching.

Incidental Teaching

The average preschool day is filled with opportunities for social development. From learning to share a fire truck to entering and extending play. Our teachers strategically position themselves within the classroom to provide help, feedback and follow through as children learn these important skills. Although we appreciate the special friendships that form between children, we also encourage an atmosphere of inclusiveness. A good deal of incidental teaching happens within the first few months of preschool as children discover their social potential to be friends with everyone in the group. The resulting classroom atmosphere is rewarding for both teachers and children!

Intentional Teaching

In addition to daily incidental learning opportunities, your child will also be exposed to pre-planned teaching times. The content that is taught during these times covers a variety of social, emotional and moral skills. Some of these skills are pre-planned yearly themes, (in September we introduce compassion) and some are taught as a result of current or re-occurring group issues (if possessiveness of toys is becoming an issue within the group we might introduce the concept of generosity)

Words like compassion and generosity often have no meaning to a four-year-old child. It’s our goal to provide a clear and meaningful picture of each new social, emotional and moral concept. The model we use for this style of prosocial teaching is called Skill Streaming which follows a four step intentional teaching process... role-play, problem solve, practice, define.

Here’s how it works…

Each new skill is first introduced in a fun and interactive circle time. Your child will be involved in trouble shooting a negative scenario demonstrated by the teachers. They will then help to come up with solutions to fix the problem. Once they have seen the scenario reenacted in a positive way, they will have a mental picture of that skill and will be provided with vocabulary to define it. They will then be encouraged through a simple positive reward system to demonstrate, and look for friends who are demonstrating, these skills as they play.