Importance of Activity:
- In completing this activity, the children will be able to experience the satisfaction of starting and completing a special project called, “I Can Finish Booklet.” While you engage children in conversations concerning their choices of what should go into the booklet, children will explore how to deal with frustration and to persevere through challenges. While you engage children in conversations concerning their self-esteem, you are providing children with a sense of competency while encouraging them. Children will learn about what type of environment helps them feel able to cope with tough situations.
- Children feel confident and secure in their own competencies.
- Strengthening adult-child relationship
- Children recognize their own skills and accomplishments and take pleasure in performing them.
- Think about what you would like to include in your booklet. Have you ever started and finished a task?
- When you finish a task, how does it make you feel?
- Have you ever started something and then realized that it is difficult and that you don’t know how to finish it? How does that make you feel?
- Who do you ask for help when you are facing a difficult task?
- Is there something you say to yourself when facing something you need to finish?
- What would you say to your friend to encourage him/her to finish what he/she has started?
- Sing the song"I Can Finish What I Start" with the children, using the lyrics and the puppet.
- Ask the children what the song is about.
- Ask the children to talk about "finishing what we start" and to give examples from the song about what the character is able to finish when he/she tries (finishing a puzzle, holding a pencil, building a house with blocks, matching up all the socks and cutting out shapes).
- Give each child a piece of construction paper folded in half and ask them to look at the magazines and cut out pictures of tasks that they do well and are able to finish.
- Discuss what makes each child’s booklet the same as and different than other booklets.
- Ask each child to share something about their booklet. Then write what they say in their booklet.
- When sharing the booklets, encourage children to comment on each other’s booklets.
- Ask the children to share and reflect on how making the booklet made them feel.
- Ask children to stand up and sing "I Can Finish What I Start" and to stomp their feet when saying, “YES I CAN!”
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