As we start to gain our footing again after this time of upheaval and uncertainty we know that for so many little ones and their families there is a lot to talk about! Any new school year can bring so much stress and anxiety, especially for young children, but this school year is a whole new experience. For young children entering pre-school they have now spent nearly half their lives at home. This has left them without the "normal" opportunities to develop social and emotional skills. They have missed out on making the important start to learn how to build friendships, understand and work with others and develop empathy.
Throughout this time there have been lots of emotions for everyone, but for young children for whom these early years are so critical to laying the foundation for emotional understanding and well-being all those BIG emotions got bigger. It is so important that they learn how to identify, understand, express, and regulate their emotions and those of others. Helping young children and their families have those BIG conversations around emotions and feelings is more critical than ever.
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.