Free play ! That’s what today consisted of. That’s not a terrible thing. The kids have not seen each other for a week. They missed playing with each other. The room was busy. There was so much going on.
When there is free play there are many opportunities to coach. If you know me well you know I am not an advocate for sports for 3s and 4s . I’m talking about a different opportunity to coach. Coaching social skills is natural and fairly easy during free play.
Today I watched two girls playing catch. A third girl entered the scene and asked to play. She was told no. Now, you also hear me say “I don’t force kids to share .” I don’t. But I also think it’s my job teach how our decisions not to share in play might affect our friends.
“ Look at your friend – they seem sad. Is there a way I can help you feel good about allowing another play partner in ? Tell me your plan “
That’s what I did today. With very little reluctance I watched more and more children join the group. There was joy on their faces … and in my heart
My primary job is to help your children feel safe and loved. While I’m doing that I’ll help others start their journey to including others in a way that everyone feels good about.