I am using the term Emotional Stability as a way to clarify the difference with a well used early learning term and one that I have been consistently observing for the past twenty years. Emotional stability is not the same as the well used term social /emotional development. Emotional stability referrers to how a child behaves and what the child discusses with his/ her family in regards to their time at preschool. When a child shows emotional stability in a preschool environment that child’s body language shows their happiness and comfort level. That child also verbally expresses the joy they feel each time they see their friends, the types of play they engage in and even if they like their teacher. As the parent or caregiver you may observe how respectful and kind your child is when interacting with his/ her friends in their learning environment. You may see how they express their happiness and the types of play they engage in when they are emotionally stable in that environment. You may also notice your child asking you when they get to go to school again. These are all but not limited signs of a child happy and satisfied with their first school experience. These are also signs that you have made the right decision with the early learning school you chose for your child.
When a child is not emotionally stable in their early learning environment he/ she will show aspects of anxiety, their body language will indicate a consistent reluctance to going to that environment and they will not verbalize very many positive aspects of their experience. In fact they will most likely complain about the children they do not get along with and will be angry about things not going there way. Their anger also may be a sign that they miss you, their parent or primary caregiver and they are not as comfortable at their early learning school as they are with you at home. The child simply may not be ready to be away from home and in a larger group setting just yet. He/she may need to take smaller steps like joining small classes like gym, music, art, dance etc. before enrolling in an early learning preschool setting. Sometimes with a larger group atmosphere over stimulation can cause the child to not enjoy the experience and to feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed.
If your child is exhibiting a strong reluctance to going to preschool you may consider observing their body language while they are at school and really taking a moment to listen to what they are telling you about their experiences. From there you can decide to give your child more time to adjust to the new experience or you can step back and allow them to engage in smaller group play programs that only run one to three days a week. Also, when you visit your child’s preschool please take the time to assess how you feel about the environment. Does the preschool you have enrolled your child in feel warm, friendly, and do you observe the needs of the children being met in that environment? I encourage all parents to take the time to research and decide on the type of early learning environment you want your child to experience. Remember that any form of preschool whether it be play-based or academic is your child’s very first school experience. It is not a bad reflection on your ability to choose a good preschool program if your child is not comfortable there. Remember that we are all different and have diverse needs. Sometimes your child’s personality is what determines whether a learning environment is right for him/ her. Yes it is not their decision to enroll, it is yours, but you know your child and it is okay if you keep looking till you find the right fit.
Please be aware that these are simply my own observations from being an early learning Teacher for many years and for having a keen interest in what I call emotional stability in relation to early learning environments. There are many more points I chose not to include in this post. So please know there is much more to this topic than this one simple post.
What are your opinions on emotional stability in early learning environments and what have you witnessed with your own children’s preschool experiences? Please share! 🙂
* (Special Note: The emotional stability I am referring to is not emotional well being that comes from being raised in a warm loving family, that is a separate issue and I am not addressing that topic in this blog post.)
Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning
Standing interest area for small spaces is a great solution for those of us with small schools! 🙂
I have magnetic dolls and puzzles set up for the right side of the shelves, which could possible have two or three children on that side. On the left side is construction which can have up to four children.
Simple provocations or materials of interest can be easily set up and as a facilitator and Teacher the observations can be very informative! Sometimes I have found that young children will interact with children they don’t normally play with if interest areas are set up similarly to the one above. We can’t always assume the friendships that will be made when a child is young and learning so many aspects of social/ emotional development. It is a good reminder to not prejudge children and make the assumption that we, the adults, know more about the child’s choices in friends. Sometimes the friendships made will surprise us! And small spaces can encourage friendships that may never have developed in a larger space. 🙂
My reading corner is small and only has space for two children at a time, which is exactly the way I want it for now. Reading and enjoy books can happen in large and small spaces and with several to only a few children at a time. Picture books with bright vivid detailed illustrations help to bring out a child’s natural curiosity in reading. 🙂
Small spaces like the reading corner are also easy spaces to change if we as a group decide we need to use the area for a display space for say, a rocket ship or small home built from boxes etc. Don’t ever feel limited just because you have a small preschool. Keep an open, flexible and creative mind and trust your young students to help plan how to use those spaces. 🙂
If you also have a small preschool or home where either your students or children play, please let me know the creative things you have done to keep the space full of curiosity, joy and wonder! 🙂
Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning
Dear Families of preschool aged children,
Please pencil me in for this Saturday, May 30th, 2015! The Marigold School of Early Learning will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a tour!
If there is a better time for you to stop buy please check out my Contact page and send me an email or give me a call! I will be happy to schedule a tour that works for you! 🙂
Autumn will be on us quicker than a blink so scope out your local preschools and find an Early Learning environment that will fill the needs of your young three, four of five year old child!
Play-based learning gives your child a strong foundation for the long school career ahead of each girl and boy, so jump on board and be an advocate for Early Learning! 🙂
Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning!
More science and observation with flowers! Violets and Irises are two lovely flowers that grow from two different sources. One is from a seed and one is from a bulb. This would be a great discussion to have with young children, because it is too easy for young minds (even older ones) to assume that all plants come from a seed. Seeds are more commonly discussed and showcased in books and other media, so it is a good idea to show the difference with a variety of colorful and lovely flowers. 🙂
Violets are so pretty this time of year! They travel all over the yard and right now a good portion of my side yard are filled with them. The great thing is you can supply young children with good quality magnifying glasses and let them explore up close and personal each bunch they can locate. The other great thing for me is when they have bloomed out, I just pull them up and because they reseed, new and fresh flowers bloom once more! 🙂
If anyone knows what kind of annual this flower is I would love it if you could enlighten me. I planted this last year and somehow it wintered over! I lost the tag, so I just don’t remember what the name is. Comment on my post if you know. 🙂
The lovely rain has come and is working on keeping the plants well hydrated and green! This is the iris I mentioned in an earlier post. And guess what? I managed to capture a resting bee! Anyway, this iris is a bit deceiving at first because the buds make it appear to be a lovely deep purple, yet when in full bloom you can see the cream color takes center stage and the deep purple fans out into a lovely warm plum. Flowers that change in color are also a wonderful discussion topic for young and curious minds. 🙂
Please share your flower experiences and any plant explorations your child or class has been up to this spring. I would love to read about them too! 🙂
Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning
I hope this is the right thread to post under.
I opened The Marigold School of Early Learning, a small-in home morning preschool this school year and I am looking to connect families wanting a quality early learning school for their young children ages 3-5. Please take some time to check out my web site and email or call the school number if you have any questions. I would love to hear from families in Clark County that may travel into West Vancouver or Portland and need a preschool close by their work, or homes if they live here in West Vancouver. I follow a Constructivist educational theory and am inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Thank you and have a great day!