How do young children connect? How do relationships form? We observe that all children want to connect with each other, and they go about it in nuanced ways, using eye contact, body language and, of course, a smile, to forge new friendships. It is the second full week of school and we are already seeing these children reach out to one another with joy.
|Without using words, these children shared strawberries, delighting in their communal play.|
|Laughter is a great connector.|
|Acts of compassion, even those from pretend play, foster positive emotions and strengthen bonds. Here the children are helping each other out of the "mud."|
|These children mirrored each other's actions for several minutes, becoming more engaged with each motion.|
|Finding connections fosters a sense of security and increases self confidence.|