For Preschool to Kindergarten

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At this age, children are learning many social and emotional skills that will set them up to explore what kind of leader they can become.

An important skill Preschool and Kindergarten students are working on is naming and talking about their feelings and thoughts. This awareness helps them practice how to manage their emotions and focus their attention. They are also beginning to better understand other people’s feelings and form friendships. At the same time, they’re still looking for lots of support from caring adults like you.

Parents and Caregivers, Your Turn!

First, think about a recent activity where your child played in a group. How did they demonstrate their strengths and show their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making?

Next, help your child see and build on their own social and emotional strengths. Ask them:


How did you feel when you were playing with them?
Did you feel the same way the whole time? What changed?


What did you do when you felt that way?
Who did you ask for support or help?

Social awareness

How did other people feel and how could you tell?
Why do you think they felt that way?

Relationship skills

Did you play with everyone in the group?
Did you play more with some people than others? Why might that be?

Responsible decision-making

Did you think the activity was fair or unfair?
Did everyone have a chance to participate or did anyone get left out?
Why or why not?

Now, work toward a leadership goal:

Ask your child what they could do next time to make it better. How about to make it more fair, to help more people have a good time, or to keep it fun for everyone?

See our SEL conversation guidance for other grade levels.