By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Christian School
Kindergarten readiness often is associated with language, fine and gross motor skills, math, reading, self-care, and social/emotional skills. These are all important, but let’s add one more to the list – the “grit factor.” According to Dr. Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit, it references the importance of fostering grit in our youngest learners, and that this grit factor can play a critical role in whether or not a student is ready for kindergarten. Grit, defined by Duckworth, is “a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal.” Through extensive research, Duckworth has found scientific evidence that grit can grow when nurtured appropriately.
Nurturing grit begins with fostering social/emotional resilience and the ability to bounce back from disappointment and challenges. One of the goals of parents is to encourage and bring forth our children’s unique gifts, talents and abilities while teaching them the joy of learning, the gift of failure and the importance of freedom in combination with the blessings of limits.
Here are a few suggestions for helping you build your child’s grit factor:
– Don’t let your child quit when a task gets too hard.
– Assign age-appropriate chores and responsibilities that build character.
– Be attuned to your child’s emotional needs.
– Know your child as a unique individual – there is only one like them.
– Let your child’s success be theirs.
– Instill in your child the values of hard work and passion.
– Set healthy boundaries, offering freedom with limits.
– Be supportive and let them try new things.
Take a closer look at Charlotte Christian and participate in an upcoming virtual open house experience. Please click here to register today to receive the video link.
Grades JK-5: Wednesday, October 14 at 10 a.m.
Grades 6-12: Wednesday, October 28 at 10 a.m.
Please contact the admissions team to schedule a virtual tour of the campus or register for an upcoming virtual open house experience by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.charlottechristian.com/admissions/admissions-event-registration.
Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270