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  • 1. Emotional Literacy
  • by: Sari Nieminen, Vail Inclusive Preschool

    Books can be powerful tools to help young children make sense of their feelings. One of the most important tasks of parenting young children is giving them the skills to identify and express their feelings. Here are some books to help children understand emotions:

  • 2. Five Emotional Needs of Children
  • by: Sari Nieminen, Vail Inclusive Preschool


    Children know whether they are being seen or listened to, or if an adult is just “faking it.” Showing sincere interest in a child’s feelings, thoughts, activities, and spending time with them one-on-one, lets them know they are important and valued. When emotional needs are consistently...Read More...

  • 3. The Terrible Twos
  • by: Sari Nieminen, Vail Inclusive Preschool

    The terrible twos is a normal developmental stage marked by tantrums, defiant behavior, frustration and a “no” phase. The term “terrible twos” can be misleading, however, because tantrums can last well into the third year of life. During this time, your child may act very differently...Read More...

  • 4. What is Self-Regulation and Why is it Important?
  • by: Sari Nieminen, Vail Inclusive Preschool

    Self-regulation requires a child to develop the ability to manage his emotions and control bodily functions as well as maintain focus and attention. Self-regulation is grouped with behavior, emotional and social development – all areas that affect a child’s ability to learn. 

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