Social skills are skills developed and practiced through engaging with others and include appropriate interactions and use of societal norms. Children must have opportunities to learn in positive environments that support curiosity, problem solving, and social interactions. Children need time to laugh together, wonder with their teacher, and get lost in books for the joy of the story. A sense of belonging and opportunities to share ideas with peers are necessary for children to feel successful in the classroom. Children need to be able to construct understanding through physical interaction with materials, play with peers, trial and error, and moving their bodies. This requires teachers to slow down, allowing children to think and explore like typical children of their age. This entry examines the importance ...

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