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is a basic life skill that allows us to make friends, work successfully in
groups and get along well with others. Babies are not born knowing how to
cooperate or share. This ability is learned through interactions and experiences
with parents and other significant care givers. Around age 3, children begin to
practice real cooperation through their play by sharing and taking turns.
and sharing are key character traits that teach children how to get along with
others,” said Dr. Gloria Julius, vice president of education for Primrose
Schools. “Parents and teachers encourage and model these traits because they are
critical for children to understand. They help children to form friendships and
to have harmonious and respectful interactions with others. Sharing is a
necessary daily activity that builds a foundation for positive character
development and is a common thread that runs through caring, cooperation,
generosity and citizenship.”
offers parents a few tips to teach children cooperation skills at
Cooperative Behavior: You are
your child’s first teacher, and your behavior greatly influences the way your
child acts and feels. Modeling cooperative behavior and talking to your child
about lending a helping hand sets the expectation that these are important
values. For example, you could say “If we work together to clean up the kitchen
after dinner, “we’ll all be able to listen to the new book you borrowed from the
Projects: Plan a
family project that includes a task for each family member, such as starting a
vegetable or flower garden, mapping out the family vacation or playing a game.
Help them see the fun in working together to accomplish a goal.
Soup: Cooking is
a perfect time to learn about cooperation because children can actively help by
gathering ingredients, measuring, mixing and then serving and eating. Read the
story of Stone Soup by Marcia Brown and
discuss how the soldiers tricked everyone in the village into contributing to a
wonderful pot of soup that everyone could enjoy.
the concept of cooperation by reading books about characters who share, such as
The Little Red Hen. Discuss what happens at the end of the story. Ask
your child to tell you how she would respond if someone asked her to cooperate
on a project.
Music: The way
children respond to music is magical. Listen to a short piece of music and
discuss how the members of the chorus, band or orchestra worked together to make
a beautiful sound. It’s easy to gather a simple set of rhythm instruments that
children can use to keep time with the music or just sing along with a song on a
CD. If you record their production, they will love hearing it over and over
knowing that they accomplished it together.
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