One of the most important things we can teach our children in today’s world are social skills. This is a very important skill in today’s ever-increasing world of technology that seems to create chasms between individuals. While this is an important part of a child’s development not each child will learn these skills easily.
Parents and teachers have many different activities that they can use to help children learn important socials skills — in the classroom and out.
A very important skill to teach children early on is that of manners. Teach them to say thank you, please, express gratitude, deliver a sincere apology and other such actions. Children with good manners will be received in a more positive way by adults, than those who do not. Encourage manners early on and consistently reinforce their importance. Manners will extend far into adulthood when they are off to get an online college degree or their first job.
Children engaged in musical activities are engaging in an activity that is naturally social. Encourage participation in musical groups and activities. Children are drawn to lively songs and dance, so encourage it whenever you can.
Role-playing is another great way to teach social interaction skills. This is especially helpful to shy or introverted children. Use strong roles for these children to let them learn assertive skills. These role-playing activities can help children break out of their shells and learn to comfortably interact with their peers.
Encourage children to become involved in activities outside of the classroom. Sports and other such activities are a great way to teach children how to work as a team or within a group.