School readiness: what soft skills contribute the most?
School readiness phenomenon refers to possessing the skills, knowledge and attitudes in physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains of development, necessary for facing school and life challenges. Scientists claim that social-emotional or “soft” skills are the ones that predict life success, whereas cognitive skills are mostly responsible for academic achievements. Since we, parents, want our children not only to get good grades, but also be successful outside the classroom, let’s see what soft skills help children make the most of every situation including the beginning of their school years.
First, it’s necessary to mention that soft skills are not limited to social and emotional skills. It’s a broader set of competencies, behaviors, and personal qualities that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, demonstrate higher order thinking, interact well with others, and achieve different kinds of goals.
In quality preschool classes such as KIDDIO, special attention is paid to the soft skills development because it’s essential for the overall well-being and school readiness of the child. Let’s see what soft skills are best mastered early if you want to give your child a jumpstart in school:
- Communication skills
Good communicators express themselves clearly, know how to behave in conflicts, find it easy to make and keep friends. They can make a connection with people of different age groups and are good listeners
- Critical and logical thinking
This is the ability to perceive the world through cause-and-effect relationships. The sooner a child learns to do this, the easier it will be for him/her to compare and contrast, solve problems, offer correct explanations, evaluate ideas, and form opinions
- Emotional intelligence (EI)
Children who have a high level of EI are able to understand their emotions, manage, and express them correctly, as well as understand the behavior of other children. They are more empathic, make better leaders, and tend to have healthier relationships
- Focus and concentration skills
The ability to sort out the irrelevant information and sustain attention on what’s important in the moment is a must for easy and effective learning
Strong imagination allows a child to stand out from their classmates due to their unique problem solving, developing new and original ideas, and looking at ordinary things from an unusual perspective
This ability is tightly connected with independence, confidence, and positive self-concept. Children with developed intrinsic motivation towards learning are passionate about getting new knowledge, are more optimistic about their perspectives, and,are highly likely to apply this pattern of behavior to other fields
- Adaptability and resilience
Adjusting to different conditions quickly, being confident in themselves in highly uncertain conditions, bouncing back from any hardships and failures they may face – all these behaviors make children future-proof in this ever-changing world
- Teamwork skills
The last but not least goes the ability to give and receive help, get along and engage with others, be patient and share. Since there’s a lot of group work in school, this set of skills is vital for a child’s success
Of course, all these skills are being built throughout life, but can begin development in any child at an age-appropriate level even during preschool. It will certainly reduce worries about the start of elementary school and increase the chances for everyone in the family to enjoy this experience.
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