Children often don’t understand the simple fact that it is typical to be good at some things and not at others. As pre-k teachers, you have seen children who are afraid to offer a thought in the group or test out an idea for fear of making a mistake. In other cases, children have not yet developed skills in handling a mistake. It is important for children to freely offer an idea or thought without fear of being “wrong.” Your efforts to cultivate a culture that celebrates individual strengths and weaknesses while valuing learning as a process (mistakes included!) builds children’s resilience and a growth mindset.
Children explore through sharing and discussion that everyone has strengths, some similar and some different.