Building confidence in young children
Self-confidence is an important factor in the healthy development of your child. The more confident a child feels the more they will welcome new challenges and be eager to learn new skills. The right level of self-confidence will allow your child to flourish in academic and social situations, and will ensure they expect a certain amount of respect and recognition from others, which will help them to form fair and satisfying friendships.
Positive affirmation, even from a very young age, is a good way to develop a confident spirit in your youngster. If they do not succeed in a task, (perhaps they have their slippers on the wrong feet!) then first mention how well they did putting their pyjamas on, before gently correcting their mistakes.
Routine to success
Routines are a great way of boosting confidence in your little learner. Children love to feel in control of a situation, and by helping them to know what is coming next, they can even feel that they are guiding their own schedule. If we always do bath time, pyjamas, story time and then bed at the same time each day, our little ones can be prepared for the next event. Predictability fosters stability, whereas random and aimless occurrences can cause anxiety. A routine allows confidence and knowledge about the immediate future.
With this in mind you will find that most early learning centres focus around strong routines and familiar themes. Some, such as the Cherry Bridge Station Centres in NSW, even have their own set of animated characters to uphold that feeling of security and familiarity.
Problem solving through play
Allowing your child to solve problems for themselves by helping them to work through snags is another big confidence builder. Solving your own issues is a huge part of feeling clever and successful and your youngster can experience this in simple terms with fun activity based learning games.
At Cherry Bridge Station, the state-of-the-art curriculum is based on activity based education and research has proven this to be one of the most rewarding ways to learn. Problem solving through play is good for cognitive development and confidence building. Trial and error, encouragement, success and affirmation are all part and parcel of building great skills for the upcoming school years.
Performing as a group
Reading aloud and performing songs and plays are also great for confidence building in young children. Do not force them to perform alone in front of others, stage fright is something that can send the whole process backwards at quite a pace, instead introduce your child to group activities or enrol them into a fun-filled early learning centre.
By watching others perform your learner will join in naturally when they are not feeling self-conscious. As they start to enjoy these activities they will become interested in their individual role in the class and they will realise how important they are. And we all know feeling important is great for confidence!
So if you want your little one to be school ready, successful and confident, learn more about the Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning Programs or enrol now before the spaces are all snapped up.