There are many ways to help foster a child's resilience no matter your role in the child's life.
Here are just a few examples of ways to do so:
WHAT IS RESILIENCE?
· Help children to try out new activities or actions
· Communicate what has happened and will happen (picture schedule)
· Problem Solving
· Children’s choice of activities
· Children must be consulted about what they want to happen
· Involve children in tasks and responsibilities
· Encourage to children to help others
· Frequent positive encouragement
Emotional and physical environment:
An atmosphere characterized by warmth, respect and acceptance can positively effect a child’s ability to develop resilience.
This can include the way the classroom is set up, the room itself and the pieces that are thoughtfully put into it. This can be visual aesthetics and keeping in mind the children’s needs and values in the classroom. (Carter 2007)
Or asking children about their feelings and providing them a variety of ways to express this so they can be in touch with their emotions and feel respected.
· Include photos of the children’s families in a designated area of the room, or books with family photos helps them to feel comfortable, respected and accepted within the classroom.
· Display books on starting kindergarten, books on feelings, moving house or country, books representing different cultures and families.
Fostering friendships can involve large and small group activities involving play. As well as singing inclusive songs or playing games to help the child understand and get to know who their community is.
Pictures of children playing together and separately throughout the classroom helps to build a cohesive community.
In small groups, children can get to know each other better. This can include small walks, activities, sing along, movement, etc…