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The Power of Yet
Encouraging our children to have a growth mindset is one of the most important aspects of school. One of the most powerful words we can use in our conversations with children is the word ‘Yet’. It’s not that they can’t do something…it’s that they can’t do it yet! Instead of focusing on what went wrong, we focus on the next steps they can take to improve their skills, knowledge or understandings.
“Mistakes don’t mean that I can’t do it, I just can’t do it YET.”
The I Can’t Monster
As your children have begun their journey into primary school, an important aspect of their education is developing a Growth Mindset. It can be quite daunting for children to be faced with so many new challenges and experiences. One of the ways we are facing challenges in Year 1 is by introducing the ‘I Can’t’ Monster.
The I can’t monster comes to you
when something is tricky or hard to do.
So what can you do when he visits today?
Say “I can do it!” and chase him away.
Children have been able to identify times when their I Can’t Monster comes and they have to chase him away, such as swimming lessons, riding a bike, doing a hard puzzle or trying to do writing are just some of the times mentioned by children. When faced with challenges we encourage children to hear when they say “I can’t” or “It’s too hard” and instead to say “Yes I can”, “I will try my best”. We see a noticeable shift in the way children approach tasks and challenging experiences when they recognise their I Can’t Monster is around and needs to be chased away.
Please click on the photos to see when our I Can’t monsters come!
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“What did you do at school today?”
At the end of each school day, you may have lots of questions for your child about their day, but we know it can sometimes be challenging to get an answer! Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re talking to your child about school.
- Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going. If you ask your child questions that can be answered with one word (yes, no, a name), then you’ll probably get a one-word response.
- Often children are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
- Avoiding emotion-packed words (happy, sad, mean) can help the conversation go on longer.
- Asking positive questions gives your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions tend to stop a conversation.
Questions that may be helpful to ask your child:
- Where do you play the most at break? At lunch?
- Who did you sit with to eat lunch today?
- Tell me something good that happened today.
- If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
- How did you help somebody today?
- How did somebody help you today?
- Tell me one thing that you learned today.
- When were you the happiest today?
- What games did you play at recess?
- What was the funniest thing that happened today?
- Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- Who made you smile today?