I Can Worksheet

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What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Using Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, this worksheet encourages a growth mindset for a child. The idea of perseverance and developing their own skills over time builds a sense of self-esteem and resilience.

Developing an ‘I can’t yet’ mindset empowers young children to keep learning and exploring their world. This mindset, combined with positive affirmation practices can lay a solid foundation for a strong self-concept.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet aims to redirect a negative mindset or point of view into one with positivity. Working with a child’s innate desire to learn and achieve, this worksheet provides encouragement toward achieving more challenging tasks and accepting when they are not able to achieve the task.

This worksheet can lead to further setting of goals to help achieve challenges that are not yet met, including the ability to ask for help when trying to achieve these goals.

How to use the worksheet?

Depending on age and ability of the child, let them work through the worksheet independently or together with a parent/teacher/caregiver. 

Encourage the child to recognize that as they grow older and learn more, there will be many things they will learn to do, first with help and then independently.

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Shabani, K., Khatib, M., Ebadi, S. (2010). Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. Canadian Center for Science and Education, 3(4). https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1081990.pdf