Social Skills That Are Important for Second Grade

Social and Emotional Developmental Milestones for Second Grade

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Social skills that are important for second grade are those that show your child is gaining a sense of independence and self-awareness. As the academic expectations for your child ask her to think more for herself and do some out-of-the-box problem-solving, her ability to feel confident and capable will play a big role in a successful second-grade year.

Social Skills That Are Important for Second Grade

Skill: Begins to become more self-aware; recognizes strengths and weakness in his abilities.

Why It's Important: Parents spend a lot of time praising children (too much time, some may argue) and encouraging them to excel in all realms. Most children can't live up to the expectation of excelling at everything they try. Having a good idea of the areas in which he needs to focus more energy can help reduce your child's frustration with schoolwork as it becomes more complex.

Skill: Is gaining more self-control in her behavior and is somewhat able to modify how she acts according to the circumstances in which she finds herself.

Why It's Important: Not only will your second-grader have different teachers for special classes like Music and Physical Education, but she may also be switching teachers for some other subjects as well. She will begin to discover that not all teachers have the same class rules and expectations and she will need to be able to conform to the differences. She may be engaging in more after-school activities and must begin to adapt to those different environments and expectations.

Skill: Understands that failing to meet expectations will result in a consequence of some sort.

Why It's Important: Among the other things your child learns in second grade is an increased sense of responsibility for his own actions. He needs to know that those actions can have both positive and negative consequences. Take note that second-graders need those consequences spelled out clearly and in advance, especially since they will begin to look for loopholes when faced with discipline.

Skill: Expresses her opinions more freely even if they don't align with the views of peers or adults.

Why It's Important: At first glance, it may not seem like a positive social skill, but being able to stand behind an opinion will help your child deal with bullies, write a strong book report, or take a stance in a classroom debate.

Skill: Participates in group activities

Why It's Important: Working and playing with others will be a part of your child's academic and social setting for many years to come. Further skills come into play as part of a group. These include showing respect, empathy, and caring for others in the group. Conflicts will naturally arise in groups and a second-grader should be able to use language to help resolve conflicts, as well as know when to get help to resolve them. Your child is likely to enjoy being part of a team or club and spending more time with other children.

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