“Qi” (pronounced “key”) is an ancient Chinese concept referring to positive energy. Honing Qi skills is something people of all ages can practice, but they are especially useful in promoting well-rounded early child development. Discover the key principles behind cultivating these skills, which can lay the foundation for strong emotional, physical, and mental wellness.

How Does It Contribute to Internal & External Awareness?

Qi encourages children to adopt “me” skills, in which they learn to take a mindful approach to their feelings and reactions to situations. For instance, to channel self-awareness and control, they’re encouraged to take a deep breath when they need to calm down and extend their attention spans. In child development centers, games that require concentration, such as memory or matching activities, are played to help foster these skills. At the same time, “we” skills are encouraged to build empathy, teamwork, and strong communication with others. Sharing toys and reading children’s books that discuss emotions can help build these skills.   

How Does It Help Movement & Curiosity?

child development St Charles MOIn addition to mindfully approaching the self and others, Qi also guides children in how they engage with the world around them. “Wiggle” skills teach children to use their senses to touch, look, and interact with their surroundings, usually by playing with tactile toys and objects of different textures. Outdoor play also fosters wiggle skills.

“Why” skills also appeal to children’s natural curiosity by prompting them to ask questions. For instance, many teachers at childhood centers ask their students to predict the next part of a story, or why they think a character acted a certain way. Similarly, “what if” skills invite little ones to use their imaginations to envision different scenarios, a key component of successful child development. Kids often thrive in this area when they tell stories, play make believe, and create art.

How Does It Encourage Perseverance?

Qi also encourages perseverance through “will” skills and “wobble” skills. As their name suggests, will skills give little ones the courage to keep going with a challenging task or situation. This mindset comes in handy time and time again, whether children are learning how to write their names or throw a ball. Wobble skills prompt them to get back up even after falling down, or try again even if they don’t get something right. For instance, they’ll learn how to sound a word out and they will be asked to try again by a teacher or parent if they don’t pronounce it correctly the first time.


If you’re seeking an early childhood center where your little one can thrive, turn to Great Beginnings. With locations in St. Charles and Cottleville, MO, these centers are dedicated to fostering robust child development with a carefully crafted, balanced curriculum. Find out more about their programs online or call (636) 724-5048 to reach the St. Charles facility and (636) 447-4212 for the Cottleville facility.