Ministry of Education, Guyana

Emotions influence behavior. Part of growing up is learning how to manage our emotions and exercise self-control so that we can treat ourselves and others with respect. Four-year-olds can view situations from another’s perspective ― a useful tool in helping them make choices that are respectful to others, like taking turns or resisting their impulse to grab, hit or yell if they become frustrated. They also have a better sense of time and sequencing and can learn to use strategies to wait patiently (e.g., "I can play on the slide while I wait my turn for the swing").

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Good friends provide us with support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend ― practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy and a good listener. These are skills kids begin to learn at an early age. For a three-year-old, a friend is usually someone in close proximity who is engaging in a similar activity. They can begin to understand the concept of taking turns with toys or playground equipment and responding to the feelings of others. These are building blocks for future friendships!

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Several years ago, while substituting in a kindergarten classroom, I forgot to add the “lunch” icon to the daily wall schedule. As the students filed in, two children burst into tears, convinced that lunch was canceled.

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