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Social and Emotional Development
In educating the whole child, the development of self-confidence and social skills are an important focus in kindergarten.  Our goal is for a child to feel good about him or herself, respect others, function comfortably in the classroom with peers, and be able to meet challenges with open-mindedness and confidence.  We make frequent use of the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship as our model for behavior, both personal and interpersonal.  The Quaker belief in peaceful conflict resolution is taught and incorporated in kindergarten to help facilitate communication and cooperative problem solving.  Giving "messages" and using "I" statements are two ways that encourage clearly stating individual needs.

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