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Confidence

Building confidence in a child

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  • A preschooler often looks to a parent for his own confidence. Confidence comes from having good self-esteem. If the adult has confidence in the child that image is reflected back to the child. A parent is a child's hero so show them how to act, speak, and think by your example. How parents treat their child gives a child good self-esteem.
  • Do you let the child know that you enjoy being with him and that you love him?
  • A child wants and needs rules to follow in order to build confidence. If how the child behaves makes you happy, do you let him know it? Give praise when it is due.
  • Use play activities to build confidence - winning a game, learning the rules, utilizing playground equipment, playing with friends, riding bikes, etc.  Instill the need to practice to gain confidence
  • Let a child solve a problem by himself - step in to help only when necessary. Empower a child to make his own decisions by showing options and consequences.
  • Give a child new challenges - physically, socially, and mentally.  Encourage creativity
  • Treat mistakes as opportunities. Give suggestions and useful feedback - not criticism.

Here is an uplifting video to watch with your child about being "Me"

Simplify

Have the child name one thing they feel they are good at doing

Extend

Another short video for a child to watch about loving themselves

 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Name something you wish you could be better at doing. Can you think of how you can make that happen?

If a child doesn't have confidence, how might they act? (shy, nervous, cry, etc.)

Materials

  • adult and child

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Green
  • Number - Five, 5
  • Alphabet Letters - G, Y
  • Senses - Review
  • Character Trait - Confidence
  • Target Words - Stop, Go, Slow, More

Monthly Proverb

Hasidic- The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

Did You Know?

 "Advances in cognitive science make it clear that very young children are capable of much more academically than was previously imagined." The Albert Shanker Institute 

Books to Read

"Sheep In A Shop"
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7) (audiobook option)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog"
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

"Sheep in A Shop". VIDEO
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog". VIDEO
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn". VIDEO
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

Music Playlist

"I Believe in You"
by Divo and Celine Dion Album IL Divo/Ancora (Vocal Classical) (Activity 18)

"She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain"
by Gay Blazers Album The Treasury of Barbershop Quartets (Barbershop Quartet) (Activity 19)

"What’s Your Name"
by Mike Soloway Album Hungry for Manners (Childrens) (Activity 1)

"What's Your Name" VIDEO
by Mike Soloway (Activity 1)

"She'' Be Comin Round the Mountain" VIDEO
by Gay Glazers (Activity 19)

"I Believe In You" VIDEO
by Divo and Celine Dion (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Red says STOP

(Activity 14 Month 6)

Red says STOP 

Green says GO

Yellow says WAIT

You better go SLOW

5 Little Ducks Went Out to Play

(Activity 26 Month 6)

Five little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But none of the five little ducks came back.

 

Sad Mother Duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

The sad Mother Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

And all of the five little ducks came back.