Early childhood development and prosocial behavior

“Prosocial behaviours refer to voluntary actions specifically intended to benefit or improve the well-being of another individual or group of individuals. Examples of such behaviours include helping, sharing, consoling, comforting, cooperating, and protecting someone from any potential harm. From an evolutionary perspective, prosocial behaviours may have evolved from a biological adaptation to living in society. The development of prosocial behaviours is important during the early years as these actions are associated with social and emotional competence throughout childhood.

Prosocial behaviour can contribute in important ways to children’s social and academic success at school, and school contexts have the potential to provide essential supports for the development of these positive forms of social behaviour.”

For more information please see:

Prosocial behaviour:

Synthesis. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Knafo-Noam A, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/prosocial-behaviour/synthesis. Updated February 2016. Accessed September 20, 2018.

Are you looking for classroom activities to prevent bulling

Developing new prosocial skills prevents bulling and antiscocial behavior in children from all ages. Teachers and parents must be aware of ways to improve childrens’ability to address bulling and to react in a proper manner when facing it. For more information – resources, lesson plans and strategies see: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/NationalDay/ForSchools/ClassActivities

List of books that promote social and emotional skills

Children’s Books for Teaching Social and Emotional Skills

  •  Can You Be a Friend?, by Nita Everly
  •  Care Bears Caring Contest, by Nancy Parent, illus. by  David Stein
  •  Fox Makes Friends, by Adam Relf
  •  How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  •  How I Feel Frustrated, by Marcia Leonard
  •  I Can Do It Myself (a Sesame Street Series), by Emily Perl Kingsley, illus. by Richard Brown
  •  I’m in Charge of Me!, by David Parker, illus. by Sylvia Walker
  •  Mouse Was Mad, by Linda Urban, illus. by Henry Cole
  •  My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
  •  Sharing: How Kindness Grows, by Fran Shaw, illus. by Miki Sakamoto
  •  When I’m Feeling Sad, by Trace Moroney
  •  When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry, by Molly Bang

source: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/mar2018/promoting-social-and-emotional-health

Robotica Contro il Bullismo

Ecco un bel progetto che ci dimostra come la robotica può essere usata come valore prosociale.

Robotica Contro il Bullismo

Robotica Contro il Bullismo

From Peer to Peer Erasmus+ Project n° 212-1-ES01-KA201-025501

Source: www.roboticavsbullismo.net

Teaching Tolerance for an Inclusive Classroom


This article provides 9 practical tips to teach tolerance, to overcome the learned racial biases and to improve the openness to the diversity, starting from the preschool.

The Importance of Teaching Tolerance: 9 Ways to Create an Inclusive Classroom

The Importance of Teaching Tolerance: 9 Ways to Create an Inclusive Classroom

You know the importance of teaching tolerance to the little ones in your care. But what steps can you take to create a more inclusive classroom? Early childhood experts share their best advice.

Source: www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/blog/teaching-tolerance-inclusive-classroom/


Teaching Empathy With Video Games

This article provide an overview on how some videogames can help the players to develop social and emotional learning because they require to take the perspectives of other characters. It also provides some interesting links to specific games and other articles

Teaching Empathy With Video Games | Edutopia

Teaching Empathy With Video Games | Edutopia

Some video games can be used in the classroom to help children develop an awareness of both their own and their peers’ emotions.

Teaching Empathy With Video Games | Edutopia

Source: www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-empathy-video-games

What Are Cooperative Games?

The Prosocial Values can be taught in different ways. As teachers and experts in pedagogy we know that what is learned while feeling positive emotions reamins  longer in our memory and gains more importance. This is why with this project we promote the use of games for the prosocial values learning.

In this article Suzanne Lyons gives a clear explanation about the cooperative games and their importance for the development of positive relationship within the class: “well-designed cooperative games provide rich opportunities for experiential learning. They teach a valuable, pro-social lesson about the benefits of collaboration and they do it in a fun and natural way through direct personal experience.”


Cooperative Games 101: What Are Cooperative Games and How Can They Help Education? – Corwin Connect

Cooperative Games 101: What Are Cooperative Games and How Can They Help Education? – Corwin Connect

What Are Cooperative Games? Have you heard about cooperative games? Cooperative games are games based on cooperation rather than competition. There are cooperative games of all kinds for all ages and settings. Cooperative games range from board games to circle games to PE games to digital …

Source: corwin-connect.com/2016/01/cooperative-games-101-what-are-cooperative-games-and-how-can-they-help-education/