Showing posts from March, 2017

Social Emotional Milestones for Grade 1

When working with parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is "Is my child normal?" In responding to these questions, it is important for parents to understand developmental milestones of their child before they assume that something is wrong. 
Developmental Milestones for Grade 1- Click here!
Many children at this age... Want to be first. Can show 'mean/hurtful' behavior without the recognition of how it can make other's feel. Start to understand and consider how others are feeling.Work to understand their sense-of-self and where they belong in the group/class.Become more 'justice-oriented'. Right and wrong is as simple as black and white. Have frequent conflicts during play over rules and what is 'fair'. Seek frequent validation from adults. May have difficulty expressing their feelings due to limited vocabulary or understanding of 'feeling' words. Seek to have a 'best friend'- this can cause jealousy, competition, an…

Field Trip with Grade 1: Glass Castle

Last week, I had the opportunity to join the Grade 1 students on their field trip to Glass Castle here on Jeju. It was an awesome experience and the weather was beautiful. My favorite part of going on field trips is seeing the excitement of the students and their interest in exploring new places. Check out some of the photos from the day!

5 Ways You Can Support Your Child's Social/Emotional Development

1. Have special time with your child each day (or at the very least each week)- This is very important. In order for you child to feel supported and connected, it is important for them to be able to feel they can share with you (both the positives and the negatives). One way to have a special time with them is to implement it into their bedtime routine. Even if it is 15 minutes, ending their day with special time with you can help them have closure to their day and feel connected in a positive way before they sleep.

2. Read to your child. Think about your experience with books. Have you ever fallen in love with a book or a story? Have you ever learned something from a book? Children's books are filled with character lessons and social/emotional experiences. Reading to your child can help expose them to various social/emotional situations in a safe and supportive way.

3. Ask open-ended questions. Try asking questions that encourage a response of more than just 'yes' or 'n…