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    When thinking of school readiness skills many people consider the academics first however there are skills that are just as if not more important. In the article Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health several key skills are highlighted.

    “Children who are socially and emotionally healthy tend to demonstrate, and continue to develop, several important behaviors and skills (adapted from McClellan & Katz 2001 and Bilmes 2012). They
    Are usually in a positive mood
    Listen and follow directions
    Have close relationships with caregivers and peers
    Care about friends and show interest in others
    Recognize, label, and manage their own emotions
    Understand others’ emotions and show empathy
    Express wishes and preferences clearly
    Gain access to ongoing play and group activities
    Are able to play, negotiate, and compromise with others”
    Check out the full article here:

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