My cute first grader is my little buddy. He still snuggles with me and loves to give me hugs and kisses (or kiss-ees as he says). He loves to read books together, go to the grocery store (ok - that might have ulterior motive behind it) and eat brown sugar when we bake chocolate chip cookies. He's pretty much the cutest thing ever in my mind. But life is not always a bowl full of brown sugar for him.
We work for hours each week on homework and spelling words and sometimes our spelling tests come home ok and sometimes he has only remembered 1 or 2 words. My heart breaks when he comes home and says, "I didn't do good." While spelling is obviously a vital part of communication, my prime focus right now is rebuilding his self esteem. I want him to believe that whether he's at home snuggling with me or at school on the playground, he is an invaluable member of planet Earth.
So how am I going to do that?
Here's a few tips I came across that are good for any parent to put into play because we know those little self-esteems can be so fragile at times.
At Jeanne's, we use every opportunity to create moments of self-esteem or #sparkle building. We love helping our dancers set goals, show our appreciation for them, talk through risk taking and choices in dance and outside the studio, praise them appropriately but not over abundantly and step back to let them dance on their own two feet so they can see what they can do!
Happy #sparkle everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!