Teaching Children To Read

Teach reading at home
A fun & easy learning to read program

What is self esteem?What is self esteem - butterflies

What is self esteem? Self-esteem is beliefs or feelings we have about ourselves. It's how we define ourselves in the world in which we live. Self-esteem influences our attitude, behaviour and motivation and affects our emotional resilience. 

When children learn to do a task successfully after a number of unsuccessful attempts, it gives them a feeling of achievement and boosts their self-esteem. The understanding that persistence leads to success starts very early in childhood. 

Children with a healthy self-esteem have a positive 'inner voice', for example, they will say to themselves “I can do this; I will be able to work it out; I am good at this”.

Twin babies - Self esteem development in children

When a challenge arises, children with a healthy self-esteem can generally work towards finding a solution. These children are more persistent when learning to read and therefore, are more likely to achieve success.

We do what we are good at. If they believe they are good at reading, they will enjoy reading, the more they read the better reader they become.

If you can instil from a very early age that they are achieving success, then children will be more likely to want to participate. Promoting a feeling of success from the very beginning will get them off on the right foot to becoming a happy little reader.

Promote positive behaviour - Use labelled praise

When you approve of something your child has done, rather than saying ‘good boy or good girl’, use labelled praise. Labelled praise describes the behaviour that you see. For example “I really liked the way you read that sentence, you really made it sound exciting”. A focus on behaviour means that they know exactly what they have done well, so they can do it again.

Comment about their efforts rather than the outcome. For example, when your child attempts a challenging word, you could say “you tried really hard to sound out that word, I am really proud of you”.

If they did not succeed at a task, you could say "well, you weren't able to make sense of that part; however it was very tricky, maybe we could read the tricky part together". This helps children form realistic expectations.

Redirect any negative language - if they say "I can't do it, it’s too hard". Reply with "you haven’t been successful yet, but you are just learning. Learning new things can be difficult and takes a lot of practice".

Role modelling a healthy self-esteem

Role modelling a positive self-image is important; if you are self critical your child is likely to imitate you. Regularly give yourself positive reinforcement; it will be beneficial for your child and for you.

Promoting a positive self image

Comment on their successes often. When you say things like “you are learning very quickly, I can’t believe you know so much already” it generates a feeling of success.

Children that feel good about themselves are able to succeed.

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