Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Erin Reads "5 Little Ducks"
She's not truly reading, as much as knowing the song and looking at how many ducks there are. But she nailed it.
Truly, I'm not sure how much she really can read right now. She knows how to write several words and tries to write others she's unsure of. Sometimes when we flip through a book she'll recite what is on a random page. Likely it's memorized, but still it makes me think she can read more than she lets on.
One thing about this person named Erin is if she's not 100% sure she can so something perfectly she sometimes will dig in her heels and not even take a stab. There's a lot of data about how praise can hinder children, as described here, here, and here. I can absolutely see a difference in Erin over the last year or so since I shifted praise from "good job" and "you're so smart" to "wow, you used a lot of blue in that picture" and "I can see you put in a lot of effort". But I still worry about her holding back, or even giving up, because she's not perfect at something.