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Introduction I 9 a preschooler teacher and making sure your interactions are positive and intentional. 1 I help preschoolers learn best by giving them many opportunities to move and many things to explore hands-on. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 2 I set up preschoolers to succeed by having realistic and clear expectations. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 4 I verbally communicate intentionally and frequently with preschool- ers, one-on-one, in small groups, and as a whole group. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 5 I realize that it is developmentally appropriate for preschoolers to experience separation anxiety, and I respond accordingly. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 6 I create peacefulness and calm during naptime, rather than rushing to get children to fall asleep. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 7 I understand that discipline is about teaching preschoolers how to behave in socially acceptable ways and not about punishing them. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Seven Steps to Understanding Preschoolers Refer back to your completed self-assessment form as you explore the seven steps to understanding preschoolers. Whether you are on your own, reading and working at your leisure, or training with a group, you’ll gain practical information you can use in the classroom and techniques for developing bet- ter interactions and relationships with preschoolers. Let’s get started. understanding preschoolers 3 I have positive interactions with preschoolers by being friendly, patient, and responsive to their needs.