3 Ways Self-Confidence is Developed in Kindergarten
If there is one universal predictor of success in school, it is confidence. When a child is confident and has high self-esteem, they are more likely to thrive in the classroom and beyond. That’s why kindergarten is the prime time for confidence building. During this initial year of your child’s academic journey, they will have numerous opportunities to become more competent and confident learners. Their environment, as well as the teachers and role models they spend time with each day, will have a powerful impact on their brain development, character building, and overall self-esteem.
Here are three ways we develop confidence in our kindergartners at Portsmouth Christian Academy:
Every child feels empowered the first time they learn to do something without assistance. Whether it is tying a shoe, sounding out a word, or preparing their own snack, students beam as they express, “I can do this all by myself!” In order for children to successfully reach these milestones (and more challenging ones) they need to develop a growth mindset. We teach them that every mistake is a chance for growth so that they can view their mistakes as opportunities, not as failures. This has a powerful, lifelong effect on a child’s brain and equips them with the confidence to persist trying, even when something is difficult.
Providing One-on-One Attention
Every child is unique and has different learning styles and needs. At PCA, we keep our class sizes small so that teachers can get to know their students well and offer differentiated instruction on a regular basis. When students know that a teacher is focused solely on them, they often feel more empowered to do their best work. Our teachers also recognize the value of praise. They not only praise victories; they understand that praising effort is vital for boosting a kindergartner’s confidence and motivation. When a child feels seen for working hard, persevering, and doing their best, they become more confident and capable of achieving their goals.
Nurturing Problem Solving Skills
Kindergartners have countless opportunities to become effective problem solvers and hone their decision-making skills. This not only applies to academic learning, but social, emotional, and spiritual development as well. At PCA, hands-on activities allow students to become active problem solvers, whether they are learning to add and subtract with math manipulatives or conducting a science experiment. Working in groups, they get to navigate social skills such as taking turns, being flexible and open to others’ ideas, and asking for help. These experiential learning opportunities allow children to feel like they are in the driver’s seat of their own learning, which enhances their confidence.
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