Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Science


Many early elementary school children; particularly those ages five through eight years old, may not have yet developed social skills to create school relationships in a school setting. They have not developed the social skills to maintain relationships with peers. The lack of social skills creates negative impacts emotionally and mentally on five through eight year old’s. The lack of social skills can cause social anxiety that is amplified by teasing in schools. Early elementary children ages five to eight years old, may not be able to tell the difference between bullying and teasing. Teasing is intended to provoke or make fun of someone in a playful way. Bullying is the use of force, coercion, hurtful teasing or threat, aggressively dominate or intimidate. Due to multiple reasons including unstable homes, lack of attachment from friends and families, or due to social anxiety. Many children are not aware or do not have the knowledge to know they are hurting someone else’s feelings due to lack of social and emotional learning at their homes or in their early childhood. Lower Elementary students take part in teasing and that leads to bullying as they get older. Therefore, I created a one-day activity to foster good relationships, increase social and emotional skills, and create an anti-teasing environment for the children who attend the after school program at the Boys and Girls Club in Salinas, California.

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Capstone HDFS 400B (3).pdf (1630 kB)