Teaching Your Child to be a Team Player

Teaching your child to be a team player and giving them responsibility go hand in hand. Learning to be responsible is a major goal for all children in Primrose classrooms. Helper charts are used to build a sense of responsibility for the maintenance and functioning of their classroom. The job list includes tasks that affect everyone in the classroom which creates feelings of teamwork and community.

At this age, children love to help adults and are generally eager to please and take turns assuming various responsibilities. Being part of a team means you are working together for a common goal. In this instance, children are working together to make sure that their classroom runs smoothly. Whether the child is a weather reporter with the responsibility of reporting the weather to the class or the line leader, who’s tasked with leading his friends when it’s time to line up, each role in the classroom is important. As such, other classmates rely on the fact that each child will work hard to do their part.

Helper charts are not only a wonderful way to teach responsibility and teamwork in a classroom, they can also be implemented in the home. Family is the most important team your child will ever be on. Children are always watching the actions of others—particularly their parents—so set good examples early on, and you can help establish a foundation for raising a responsible, team player.

Here are ways you can teach your child to be a team player at home:

Chore Time: Approach chores as a family team and you may be pleased to find that your little ones want to get involved! Include your child in conversations about setting goals, teamwork, and what it means to be a part of a family – even little ones enjoy having a say.

Emphasize Cooperation: You can turn almost any children’s game into a team building activity when you place emphasis on the aspects of the game that involve teamwork and cooperation. Or simply make up your own game. For example, take your family outside and have a scavenger hunt for items in nature and encourage your family members to work together to find the items on the list.

Offer Specific Praise and Encouragement: Enhance your family’s experience by discussing lessons learned. Specific acknowledgement of a job well done and what the result was will give your little ones needed encouragement and help them understand the benefit of their contribution. How does your family work together as a team?