Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


The focal topic of my capstone project is preschool-aged children’s social-emotional development. Young children are in the time they learn from experiences. New studies show that adults benefit from social-emotional learning (SEL) when it is implemented during early childhood (Newman & Moroney, 2019). The need for service provides preschool children with tools to help them feel a sense of belonging, express their feelings, and establish relationships. I have developed a series of activities and lessons to help preschoolers learn more about feelings and relationships. First, emotional self-awareness will be covered because when preschoolers become aware of their emotions, their leadership, and prosocial characteristics advance (Scheer & Safrit, 2001). Second, awareness of other's emotions will also be covered because it is essential to build positive relationships. Third, they will learn about emotional regulation techniques to help change negative emotions. I will provide the Bay View Academy Lower Campus preschoolers, ages three to five, in Monterey with three lessons, which will be conducted over three days. The lessons will focus on helping the students understand their feelings and how to better communicate with those around them.