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Mar032016

4 Strategies To Encourage Preschoolers to Take Turns

Is It My Turn?? IS IT MY TURN??!! by Carol Belcher

Cooperation and taking turns are the back-bone of young children’s social and emotional development. If these two simple skills can be fully learned by preschoolers, they will be well on their way to a more satisfying, happy life. Taking turns is one of critical steps toward self-regulation and it involves waiting, which builds patience. How can you subtly teach and ingrain these skills in your classroom? Here are some simple strategies for helping your students.

1. During a painting activity with a group of 3 students, make 2 paintbrushes available so that 1 student has to observe and wait. Let the other students paint for 2 minutes, then all 3 of the students change roles. You can gradually increase the waiting time as the children gain more control.

2. Read social stories in your classroom about taking turns and being a good friend.

3. The teaching staff can model turn taking with each other during large group time. Put on a fun, short skit in front of your students about cooperation and taking turns. Or as an alternate, if you have puppets in your room, the puppets can model cooperation and turn taking.

4. Playing board games or playing cards teaches turn taking, and this is an activity that the parents can do at home with their child.

All of us were taught these good life skills early in life, which somehow makes it a little easier when we are standing in line at Wal-Mart or Kroger, or getting our driver’s license renewed. Well, at least most of the time…….

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