Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CAN'T is a 4 Letter Word.

We have been working on a lot of fine motor skills the last few days. (I'm working on a post right now with a ton of ideas for fine motor skills that I will be sharing soon) One of the things that we worked on was using a hole punch. When Jocelyn first tried the hole punch she started crying saying that she can't do it. One thing that I do not tolerate is when my kids say they CAN'T do something. I want my girls to believe that it is possible to achieve the impossible. So whenever I hear the words "I can't" I try my hardest to prove to the girls that they can. With that being said, when it comes to school I want the girls to have fun with learning. Therefore I don't like to force them to do anything that they do not want to. I did however encourage Jocelyn to try the hole punch a couple more times. Her next try she was able to punch out some of the circle but she could not punch it out completely. Jocelyn seemed to be happy with her progress so I decided to put the hole punch away that way we could end the project on a good note before she got frustrated again.

Several times throughout the past few days she has asked to try the hole punch again. Never once did I ask her to. She just got it out on her own, worked at it till she was tired and then put it away. Today was no different, we were having free time when she asked to try the hole punch again. Five minutes later she came up with the biggest grin on her face to show me that she had punched several holes all on her own. It was such a proud moment for her and an even prouder moment for me. Not so much the fact that she was able to punch holes on her own but the fact that she took it upon herself to keep trying and she never gave up. It's moments like these that I know I must be doing something right.

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