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Social Vs Academic Skills

At two years old, my youngest daughter happily chats to other babies and pre-schoolers in her usual babbling, half English, half toddlers.

Geraldine Walsh

I marvel at her as she uses her hands, tilts her head and raises her eyebrows for a full-blown toddler conversation. All the while the other child watches her movements with dedicated attention as they soak up her gestures. They seem to understand each other as the unknown tête-à-tête flows from one to the other. It’s an adorable scene but also one of natural, innate learning. What seems so normal to us, holding conversations, understanding one another, and making connections, is a large learning curve for our pre-schoolers who are intrinsically learning social skills which will set them up for life.

Social skills are the verbal and non-verbal skills we use every day to communicate with others, including; gestures, speech and body language. Understanding how to appropriately use these skills is a big step for our preschoolers who are learning to navigate their world and everything in it.

Unlike her sister, who at that age ran away from any small human, my youngest’s social skills are one of her busiest and best traits as she learns the boundaries of certain behaviors and absorbs appropriate conversation tools. Having an older sister to watch and learn from has meant she is one step ahead of her sibling when it comes to interacting with other children. But that does not mean I dropped the ball when emphasizing my eldest daughters’ social skills. Children learn at different rates and when she started pre-school her social skil


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