Children with higher emotional intelligence are better able to pay attention, are more engaged in school, have more positive relationships, and are more emphatic.
Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence
There’s a lot of talk about academic readiness skills for children who are entering kindergarten, yet being ready for kindergarten isn’t just about mastering academic skills. If not as or more important than academics are a child’s social skills and emotional intelligence.
Social Skills are a set of skills that enables children to develop friendships as well as be part of a group. To develop these friendships, children practice sharing, taking turns, following group norms, patience, cooperation, and problem solving.
Emotional intelligence is a set of skills associated with monitoring one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, and the ability to use feelings and emotions to guide one’s thinking and actions (Salovey & Mayer 1990). Emotions impact our attention, memory, and learning; our ability to build relationships with others; and our physical and mental health (Salovey & Mayer 1990). Developing emotional intelligence enables us to manage feelings and emotions effectively and avoid being derailed, for example, by a flash of anger.
At GGG we practice an effective approach for modeling and teaching emotional intelligence with the following goals:
· To recognize our feelings and emotions in oneself and others
· Understand the causes and consequences of our feelings and emotions
· How to label our feelings accurately
· Express our feelings and emotions in ways that are appropriate at the moment
· How to regulate our feelings and emotions