The way your child explores and relates to their own creativity will stand on the foundation you create for them. Your everyday interactions are teaching your child how to relate to others and themselves. This is why it is important that our verbal & non-verbal communications are intentional, compassionate, and thoughtful.
Casual interactions will anchor your ballet beginner's creative spirit. Here are Five Tips to Boost your pre-schooler and beyond when watching all their wonderful dancing!
Focus on the Effort not Their Performance
This is a hard one but very important. The praise should be on the time, attention and focus they put into the movement. We want to foster a growth-mindset.
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”
– Carol Dweck, growth mindset pioneer
2. Delay help!
It can be as simple as watching your dancer struggle with marching. Allow them to explore and wonder about the mechanics of new movement. It can lead them to new ways dancing. Helping your Preschooler immediately in ballet class can hinder their creative process. Leave them lots of space to explore and consider waiting to be invited to help.
3. Let Them Make Their Own Choices
Empower your young dancer! Whether it is in the way they dress to class or if they want to show off what they've learned - Give them the opportunity to make these choices. When your ballet beginner make their own age-appropriate choices they feel more powerful.
4. Use Descriptive Language
Not only is this wonderful for your dancer's language development but it shifts where value is placed. When we respond to our child's movement with "oh you look so pretty!" we may unintentionally communicate that worth is based on physical evaluation. Instead, describe what you see and let your child have room to reflect on their own movement.
5. Be Curious!
This is a wonderful opportunity to connect your dancer! Look at the tempo, speed, style, and energy changes in the way your child is moving. How much space are they using? What parts of their body? These are great questions to ask and observe in your ballet dancer.
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