During Level 5 restrictions while children are home schooling there are many difficulties that parents and children face during repeated lock-down measures. Developing a positive mind-set is one of the most challenging and important skills that we can learn and teach our children during so much uncertainty.
Children with a growth mindset believe and understand that with practice and ‘skills’ their abilities can improve gradually over time with persistence. On the flip side, children with a fixed mindset think their abilities are set in stone or can’t change, no matter how hard they try. Have you ever heard your child say “I can’t” do it?
Developing a ‘growth mindset’ refers to ‘how’ we face challenges and set-backs and suffice to say the repeated ‘restrictive’ levels imposed over the last 12 months will have impacted our emotional, physical and mental health.
Here are some tips to help children and teens to develop a growth mindset while home schooling.
- Encourage kids to try new skills and learning tactics.
- Explain to kids that it is ok not to be ‘perfect’ or ‘good’ at everything.
- Let children find their own creative niche.
- Replace the word ‘failing’ with the word ‘learning’.
- Encourage kids to stop seeking ‘approval’.
- Emphasise growth over speed (allowing time for mistakes).
- Allow time for ‘reflection’ through reflective learning practice everyday.
- Encourage kids to learn from other people’s mistakes.
- Place effort before talent. Hard work should always be rewarded before an inherent skill.
Nowadays if a child struggles with something in school for example writing, they are convinced they are just ‘bad’ at it. But if you work with the ‘bad’ and encourage kids to keep practicing difficult skills they will change the mind-set into “I can do it” and this will help a more productive attitude while learning at home.
Heidi has developed different courses for children and teens that encourages a growth and warrior mind-set. FitKidz with Heidi offers 3 approaches that tackles physical, emotional and mental challenges through sports and creative related disciplines. This can be found her Children’s Fitness and Online Training.
FitKidz Creative Hub which operates as an after home school service encourages children to try skills that are out of their comfort zones doing anime art, graffiti wall design and creative writing. While the class is confidence building, much emphasis is put on developing a growth mindset through problem solving.
All classes that are operating online can be booked Here!!!
“In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” –Carol Dweck
Work created from Creative Hub last week!