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The Metacognitive Preschooler

How to Teach Academic, Social, and Emotional Intelligence to Your Youngest Students

By: Richard K. Cohen, Michele A. Herold, Emily R. Peluso, Katie Upshaw, Kelsee G. Young

Foreword by: Martin Blank

Discover a singular, practical, evidence-based solution to overcome behavior and learning challenges in early childhood students. The coauthors of this book provide a metacognitive strategy for educators aiming to teach preschoolers SEL competencies, improve school climate, boost academic performance, and increase inclusivity.

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A singular, practical solution to teaching SEL competencies

Learn a practical, effective, and brain-based approach to teaching the whole child. Preschool teachers and leaders can easily embed a single metacognitive strategy, called structured SELf-questioning, into their existing curricula and routines to teach emotional recognition and regulation and social conflict resolution skills. With this strategy, all students can learn social-emotional learning competencies and academic problem-solving skills that promote success in school and life.

This book helps preschool teachers, coaches, and leaders:

  • Understand how the metacognitive strategy of structured SELf-questioning teaches all preschoolers SEL competencies as well as academic problem-solving skills
  • Learn how they can embed structured SELf-questioning into any preschool curriculum or classroom management system
  • Consider diverse classroom scenarios that exemplify what effective instruction using structured SELf-questioning looks and sounds like
  • Access guidance and reproducible tools to take to their classrooms the next day as well as resources encouraging parents and caregivers to incorporate structured SELf-questioning at home

Related Topics

Brain-Compatible LearningInstructionSocial-Emotional Learning


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG135, EKF680

ISBN: 9781958590416

Published By: Solution Tree

“This unique book highlights the importance of implementing brain-based research in the classroom and reflects the reality that our youngest students’ needs are not the same as they were in 2019 or even 2022. It provides pathways of powerful practice by focusing on the earliest stages of childhood development that can transfer into the later elementary years and beyond!”

Lauren Smith, assistant director of elementary learning, Noblesville Schools, Indiana

The Metacognitive Preschooler is the essential first step leading to metacognitive adults who manage their emotions, think clearly and creatively, and persistently face challenges with empathy and compassion. The engine of this accomplishment is a growth mindset of SELf-questioning that this book lays out with tremendous clarity and realism. This book is an amazing combination of practicality and revolution.”

Maurice J. Elias, director of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, Rutgers University; codirector, The Academy for SEL in Schools; coauthor, The Joys and Oys of Parenting and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

“This book includes a lot of helpful, clear ideas and examples for preschool teachers in the classroom. Its scenarios help develop a real understanding of the process and make it all very relatable for educators, and the parent tips are an excellent addition to each chapter!”

Barbara W. Cirigliano, author and education expert; former principal of Willow Grove Kindergarten and Early Childhood Center, Illinois

“Once again, Rick Cohen and colleagues deliver a valuable and easily accessible guide! This book equips professionals with practical tools and strategies to effectively teach preschoolers social and emotional learning. By tailoring their profound insights and lessons specifically for this age group, this team addresses a significant resource gap, offering much-needed support for educators and parents.”

Cindy Goldrich, ADHD clinical service provider; founder, PTS Coaching

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