A Little Spot of Confidence: A Story about Believing in Yourself
By Diane Alber
Confidence plays an important role in a child’s future happiness, health, and success. Confident children are better equipped to deal with peer pressure, challenges and negative emotions. A Little SPOT of Confidence is a story that uses an orange spot to help a child visualize their confidence spot growing or shrinking. This book offers creative strategies for children to set goals and have a positive outlook too! Today is a new day! I will have a great start. I will listen to the voice inside my heart.I will let good thoughts inside my mind and tell myself: I am brave, I am loving, I am kind.
Make Connections Beyond the Book:
- In this book, there is an affirmation that the character has for himself. Do you have an affirmation for yourself? If so, what it is? If not, come up with one!
- What makes you feel confident?
- When you have confidence, how do you feel?
An extension activity is an activity that extends the learning of the lesson. Extension activities can be done in school or at home, in a small group or individually. They help personalize the story and increase relatability.
- Confidence Spots – Cut out circles and work together to write positive tasks or affirmations that build self-esteem on them. Place the spots in a jar. Pull out and read the spots to individual kids or have kids pull out a spot when they need a confidence boost. (Examples: Read a book to the class. Create something. Do something that makes you feel happy!)
Social Emotional Learning Theme
Commonalities and Differences
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Focus
Use books and poetry to help students explore how people and places shapes their identity, their feelings about where they live, and how they connect with the world around them.
DESSA Competencies Connection
Self-Awareness; Social-Awareness; Relationship Skills
One Book, One School Community…
“The idea is that… (a community) that opens the same book does it in greater harmony.”
-Mary McGrory, 2002
PS 188Q Parent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
To promote an inclusive, empathetic, and compassionate community at PS 188Q that empowers and celebrates our diverse students and families (including historically underrepresented individuals of various ethnic, religious, socioeconomic and LGBTQ+ populations), by implementing initiatives that will result in greater student success (academic and socioemotional), and providing families with resources and opportunities for discussion.