Think, Talk and Tinker is a series of workshops aimed at nurturing confident, competent and connected families. This time, we will focus on how parents and educators can stimulate the social and emotional development of children in primary school (4-12) in light of their thinking styles, communication and play.
Three workshops will be given during the afternoon:
- Why is Social Thinking Important?– By Lana Jelenjev
- How to enhance Emotional Development through Communication – By Ute Limacher-Riebold
- Stimulating the social and emotional development through play – By Jet Sichterman
Date & Time:
The event will take place on the 13th of June, from 13:00 to 16:30.
For €15,00 you can follow all three workshops. The fee includes drinks and bites.
The topics are:
Why is Social Thinking Important?
By Lana Jelenjev
Social thinking or what is academically known as “social cognition” is intuitively wired in each one of us. It helps us learn how the social world works. As children age up, successful social thinkers are capable of considering other people’s viewpoints, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions. This is considered one of the essential life skills – perspective-taking. In this workshop, Lana Jelenjev will present the importance of social thinking and the core philosophies underlying it. We will also look at how culture plays a role in learning social thinking skills.
How to enhance Emotional Development through Communication
By Ute Limacher-Riebold
Most educators agree that children’s emotional well-being contributes greatly to their social and intellectual development. However, many adults tend to deny children’s feelings by saying things such as “You’ll be fine”, “Don’t cry” etc. – Negating children’s strong emotions can result in fearfulness, confusion, shame and resentment, which can interfere with their learning. In her workshop, Ute Limacher-Riebold will present different strategies to enhance emotional development through communication.
Stimulating the social and emotional development through play
By Jet Sichterman
Play is an important contributor to the social and emotional development of children. Through play children explore relationships, friendships, ways of communication and even acceptable ways of fighting. This is especially true in the primary school age, when sociodramatic (role)play and games with rules are the main forms of play. During this workshop, Jet Sichterman will present different tips and tools to stimulate the social and emotional development of children through play.