Conflicts among young children are typical in group settings, commonly arising over property, territory, personal space, and exclusion. At Pacific Oaks, we view conflicts as an opportunity to impart valuable learning experiences. Our teachers work to facilitate problem-solving skills that teach children to effectively navigate a social community whether it is the playground, the classroom, or the real-world.
We think it is important to provide children with skills to navigate challenges such as conflicts, and through applying this skill set, children learn to see and respect another’s point of view and use language as an effective communication tool—clearly expressing their needs, wants, emotions, and thoughts. They learn to constructively handle conflict and cope with frustration and disappointment while developing pro-social behaviors. They also learn to anticipate how others might react to their behavior and use that information to make choices about how they approach a situation.