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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Play and Self-Regulation in Preschool
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El juego y la auto-regulación en los programas preescolares
Polish Version: Zabawa i samoregulacja w przedszkolu
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Emotional Development
Peer Relationships
Pretend Play
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Goals: 30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
32. Demonstrate decision-making skills and behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
Learning Standards: 30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
32.A. Begin to consider ethical, safety, and societal factors in making decisions.
Benchmarks: 30.A.ECb. Use appropriate communication skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings.
30.A.ECd. Begin to understand and follow rules.
31.A.ECb. Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others.
31.A.ECe. Develop positive relationships with peers.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
32.A.ECb. Follow rules and make good choices about behavior.