i believe in me, preschoolers, self-confidence, self-esteem, Sue Lee, teaching children to believe in themselves
Great article. Child driven play, interacting with friends, family and others is key to the EQ development of a child, particularly before age 5. Since the beginning of time we have learned from observation, interaction and participation. The human brain and body is geared for "observe" what is happening in your environment; interact with others to see what works and what doesn't work; repeat behavior until you "get it"; learn to participate, particularly to understand that you're thoughts, words and actions taken will create a result.
Having said all that, along with I myself don't even watch TV... I am a Life Managment Skills Educator and the creator of "I Believe in Me!" a two time national award winning DVD program for preschoolers ages 2-5!! How did that ever happen?!!
I know parents and some preschools are going to put kids in front of a computer and TVs... I wanted to create the best DVD program I could to teach preschoolers the high EQ skills of how to be a friend, how to be determined, how to be kind, how to join in with others. I wanted it to represent exactly what they should be doing - child driven play, interacting with family, friends and others, learning the self confidence skills many adutls wished they had. We filmed real kids, for kids watching are real... doing what kdis do best...play, play and be a kid...they're riding bikes, icing cupcakes, building a fot in a bedroom, making snow angels... pretending to be animals... all those things we want kids to be doing. The children in the DVD ask the viewing children to say and do things. Segments are five minutes long...allowing for activities and play to follow and interacting with those adults who are watching it with them.
Some children do not and will not have the wonderful experience and programming from parents and caregivers who know these self-esteem skills and/or can teach them. So, I set out to help adults teach these things, yes in that new technology format.
So, hooray for those who realize that playing, pretending and imagination are critical to a child's development. We have yet to raise a generation of chldren who believe in themselves, to this end we wish to make a contribution...technology in moderation and when you do use it...view the ones that have your child's best interst in mind.
Creator of "I Believe in Me!"
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