Building “people skills,” or interpersonal skills, can be a challenge for students and families—particularly for kids who are naturally shy and learning from home. The good news is that kids of all ages can learn how to improve people skills.
Just like with learning subjects like math or reading, building interpersonal skills in early childhood education can set children up for success in life. And there are many benefits of developing interpersonal skills for students, including making friends, talking about shared interests with peers, and building self-confidence.
Mark Greenberg, PhD, founding director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and Emeritus Professor at Penn State University, says: “Building emotional awareness, self-control and relationship skills are master skills. When we nurture them, children do better in all areas of their daily lives, including school.”