Supporting Peer Relationships

Most preschoolers are ready to engage in collaborative activities with peers

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What You Need to Know

As children grow, many will begin to show interest in their peers, a desire to play with other children, and develop close bonds with playmates. Preschoolers need your help to make and maintain friendships. You can do this by explicitly teaching social skills (e.g., discussing books or scenarios, modeling skills), providing children with opportunities for repeated practice interacting with peers, and intentionally partnering children. This allows children to watch and learn from others who are successfully navigating social interactions.

What It Looks Like

A quick glance at how you can support students in developing their peer relationships

Be a Super Friend

Acknowledging and focusing on positive peer interactions help children as they work to make and build friendships.

Peer Planning

Providing extra support through peer pairing encourages children to think about who they are going to play with and what they are going to do.

Model How to Play Together

Talking about how to play with friends is one way to promote positive interactions among children.