Self-Concept, Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

As parents and an early childhood educators we know it is incredibly important to provide young children with lots of encouragement in order to build their self-concept, self-esteem, and self-worth.  However, at times this can be a challenging task in the middle of the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Having a few tricks, reminders, and tips around the house or classroom help us remember to focus on the positive rather than the negative.  Children like adults love to be acknowledged for what they are doing right or what is working.  Encouraging words are great motivators for young children, some of our favorites are:

  • You’re terrific
  • You’re wonderful
  • Fantastic job
  • Thanks for showing respect
  • You are responsible
  • What a good choice
  • Nice sharing

Remember to be specific and let the child know exactly what they did that was so great.  For instance, “I really like the good choice you made to share.”  Or, “What a great problem solver you are!”  

We also love bringing in American Sign Language for a visual cue.  It is a fun way to encourage young children in a spontaneous manner even when they are across the room from you.

Good & Thank You

In many schools young children are learning about good character traits and a popular program being used is Character Counts.  On this website there are parent and teacher resources.  This is a great program to help support the social-emotional development of young children.  Plus you can sing the six pillars of character:

  • Trustworthiness – Being honest, telling the truth, keeping promises and being loyal so people can trust you.
  • Respect – Showing others that they are valued for who they are.  It means treating others the way you want to be treated.  A respectful person is polite, does not use hurtful language and never uses violence.
  • Responsibility – Doing what you are supposed to do.  Responsible people think ahead, set reasonable goals, control their tempers and always do their best.
  • Fairness – Playing by the rules, taking turns, sharing, and listening.
  • Caring – Being kind, helpful and generous to everyone.  Caring people care how others feel and they are charitable and forgiving.  They do good deeds without the thought of reward.
  • Citizenship – Doing your share to help your family and your community be a better place.  Good Citizens are good neighbors.  They cooperate with others, obey laws and rules, protect the environment, and respect the authority of parents, teachers and others.

Another great resource for supporting social-emotional development in young children is Conscious Discipline. Being a positive and healthy role model for children is essential for raising healthy, self-confident, self-motivated, and high self-esteem adults.  

Are you looking for even more activities and resources to integrate ASL into your program? We have TONS for you!! Check out our teacher resource sites, which are filled with wonderful ASL resources to use in your program.  Visit us on Teachers Pay Teachers, Syllabuy or Teacher’s Notebook.  Also, come join the fun and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  

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