When we talk with children’s families in our community, we learn more about what they hope for their children. They want their children to:
1. feel proud of themselves, their families, and their culture.
2. feel competent and confident.
3. be curious—eager to learn and try new things.
4. gain increasing ability to regulate their behavior in different situations.
5. be fair, kind, cooperative, friendly people
6. sense that their talents, language, and learning styles are respected.
7. feel secure but not overprotected.
8. feel part of a community.
9. know they can talk about their feelings. They trust adults who listen and understand.
10. develop their own inner strengths.
Anti-social>—Acting in ways that hurt feelings or physically harm other people.
Cognitive >—Thinking or intellectual development
Oppositional>—When two people cannot cooperate or agree.
Pro-social>—Acting in ways that help people get along better.
Regress >—Go back to less mature behaviors.
Reinforce>—Encourage a behavior through praise or attention.
At every age and at all times, children need adults to help them be secure, loving, self-motivated, successful people who will be better prepared to deal with life’s challenges and problems. Much of the time, children are a joy to be around. They want to please us, they try hard, and they are loving and generous. Sometimes children’s behavior can be frustrating—they bite, scream, don’t pay attention, or are afraid of monsters. At LULAC Head Start Inc., we encourage the development of cooperative, friendly behaviors and teach children the importance of social skills and emotional self-regulation for self-regulation for later success in school and in life. Positive social-emotional development is an essential task of the early years of life, requiring considerable adult support.
To have a healthy self-concept and self-esteem
To be confident as learners.
To be curious and eager to learn.
To regulate their behavior in relation to the situation.
To build caring relationships with other people.
To have a positive sense of their own identity.
To feel secure.
To cooperate with teachers and other children, and
To trust others.