Help your child make a book of her accomplishments
- Ask your child to think of a time when she got frustrated trying to do something on her own, such as kicking a soccer ball, riding her tricycle, or tying her shoe. Talk about how she got better with lots of practice. How did she feel when she accomplished her goal? Explain that feeling proud means feeling really good about something you did. In the Sesame Street episode “Practice Makes Proud,” Elmo became frustrated playing basketball, so Abby cast a magic spell to help him get the ball in the basket. Talk to your child about why Elmo asked Abby to turn back the magic spell. Then, role play and pretend to be Elmo and Abby. Ask your child what she would do if she was in Elmo’s situation and why. Talk about some strategies your child can use if she is having difficulty learning a new skill. Together, brainstorm some ways to cope with frustration such as taking deep breaths or taking a break and coming back to the task later. Remind her that if she keeps trying and working hard she can overcome obstacles and accomplish her goals.
- Help her make a book of her accomplishments. Encourage her to draw pictures, or take a picture of her practicing a new skill and glue it onto a piece of paper.
- When the pages are finished, make a cover and add blank pages toward the end of the book so that she can add more drawing when she accomplishes new things.
- Staple the pieces of paper together. Keep the book in a special place for her to look at and as she gets older remind her of all the things she has accomplished!
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