As you will be aware, the “Y” in our YES message stands for You Can Do It. We don’t want children giving up on a task and saying they can’t do it. They can do it with our support, both at school and at home. This message is being well and truly drummed into the children at school with one excellent example last week. A child in a class moaned that they could not do a particular task. When the teacher said “excuse me?”, the child groaned “I Can Do It, but I can’t”. Although the child was still stating that they could not do the task, they knew that the teacher would not let them give up on themselves and that they would be able to do the task, but might need some help.
At the end of last year we purchased some of the You Can Do It resources and will be incorporating it into our current classroom strategies. Jennifer Corbett-Cox did some training with our staff on the student free days at the start of the year and will assist them this term bringing You Can Do It into their classrooms. Some of the teachers have already started using components of the program in their classrooms.
What can you do to help at home? Help us drive the You Can Do It message with your children. Do not let them get away with I can’t do it. If the task is genuinely difficult, ask them what you can do to help them. If it is something you are not familiar with, then encourage them to see their teacher for help and support. That is what they are there for. If they don’t let the teacher know they need support so they can do it, then how can the teacher help them? Mrs Corbett-Cox will be releasing information for parents throughout the year. Look for this information, so that you know the messages behind You Can Do It, and how you can support your children.