Dear Berry Patch Families,
What a wonderful start to a fresh year of love and learning at The Berry Patch School. I hope you and your family had a great first week. It’s sure to be a terrific year!
At The Berry Patch, learning isn’t just for the little ones. The administration and staff take continuing education seriously. As a staff, we continue to hone our craft in developmentally appropriate practices for preschool children throughout the year. As part of our training, each summer we read a book pertaining to best practices. This summer, we read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. and discussed how to apply the concepts in Berry Patch classrooms.
According to Dr. Dweck, believing personal talent, ability, and intellect can be developed is considered a growth mindset. A growth mindset considers practice, education, and engagement necessary to bring about an increase in intelligence and abilities. This thinking allows for greater success in all aspects of life. Conversely, a fixed mindset is a belief that intelligence and talent is stagnant and unchangeable.
How do we interact with children using a growth mindset? Teach children to “love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, seek new strategies, and keep on learning.”1 Growth-minded parents and teachers set high standards and instruct children in how to attain desirable outcomes while encouraging children to think and learn. “Skills and achievement come through commitment and effort” is a guiding principle for a growth mindset.2
As parents and teachers, it’s our own mindset that will set children up for success and develop their mindset. Praising brains and talent can easily become a recipe for low self-esteem and a fear of failure. Instead, praising the child’s effort and the outcome will lead to a fascination of learning.
There’s dignity in truly believing all children can learn, develop their abilities, and grow their intelligence. As a mom, teacher, and parent educator, I firmly believe in the school-home connection. As we work together, cultivating a growth-oriented mindset in ourselves and the children we love, we can unleash their potential.
Contact me at email@example.com or at 612.619.5777 with questions, concerns, or to set up a time to discuss anything related to education, parenting, and family life. Parent and Family Education is part of the program at The Berry Patch School, at no additional cost to you.
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
The Berry Patch School
1. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (New York: Ballentine, 2016), 180.
2. ibid., 182.
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Benchmarks in Child Development for Two-Year-Olds
Benchmarks in Child Development for Three-Year-Olds
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