School Readiness

The 6 Dimensions: Social and Emotional

School Readiness

9 Indicators of school readiness:

1 Has confidence
2 Is friendly
3 Develops relationships with peers and teachers
4 Communicates well with teachers and peers
5 Concentrates on tasks
6 Persists at challenging tasks
7 Effectively communicates emotions
8 Listens to and responds to instructions
9 Pays attention

7 Critical Social-Emotional Skills to Support School Readiness

1
Confidence is a sense of control and mastery of one’s body, behavior, and world. Children feel likely to succeed at their undertakings and expect adults to be helpful.

2
Curiosity is the sense of that finding out about things is positive and leads to please.

3
Intentionality is the desire and ability to have an impact, and the determination to act on that desire with persistence. That internal drive or emotion is expressed outwardly through an action or communication. Intentionality is related to feeling competent and effective.

4
Self-control is the ability to modulate and control one’s own actions in age appropriate ways. This is a sense of inner control.

5
Relatedness is the ability to engage with others based on the sense of understanding and being understood by others.

6
Capacity to communicate is the desire and ability to exchange ideas, feelings, and information with others verbally or otherwise. This skill is related to feeling trust in others and pleasure in engaging with others including adults.

7
Cooperativeness is the ability to balance one’s own needs with those of others in a group activity.

Adapted from Rebecca Parlakian (The Zero to Three Center for Program Excellence, 2003) Before the ABC’s