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Influence of Peers

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Doreen Grego

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Importance of Peers in Early Childhood
When observing a group of preschool children, it is apparent to the observer that most of the children receive complete joy from interacting with their peers. For some children, however, peer interactions are not much fun and have become challenging as they are excluded by their peers because they are withdrawn from them. By experiencing nobody to play with this makes children feel inadequate, nonetheless having peer bonding problems is important for another purpose. Children who do not develop positive peer interactions are more likely to have challenging relationships later on in life.
Helping children get along with one another will promote a positive classroom attitude and instill a love of learning in all children. It is important to help children become aware of other children’s feelings and develop a sense of respect for others (, 2010). Teachers can intervene to help improve a child's social skills and relationship with peers in many ways. Some ways for a teacher to help foster social skills in a preschool setting would be:
By establishing a non-threatening shared experience with small group sizes or by arranging older more outgoing children to mentor younger children helping them build self-assurance in social situations.
With collective classroom projects which can assist children who need to enhance their social skills. This offers them chance to work on expanding their cooperative skills, while getting to experience classmates in a safe atmosphere.
Making activities available that will help children pinpoint different social skills. Preparing the classroom surroundings for the best possible social learning possibilities in addition; provide an all-inclusive curriculum that enriches the development of the children’s social skills.
All children need to acquire appropriate social skills to ensure a healthy existence as they grow into adulthood. With proper social skills, children are able to make and keep friends, gain independence, and self-confidence, as well as supply and receive respect. Growing up with these abilities can help children become well-rounded, independent, socially appropriate adults who can make their own decisions and create their own futures.
Influence of Peers
Doreen Grego
SOC312: Child Family & Society
Instructor: Brigitte Crowell
January 27, 2014

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