Learning Outcomes for Nurturing Children's Self-Esteem

Lesson 1: Building Blocks of Self-Esteem

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to:

  • describe how a child’s sense of self develops;
  • explain the dimensions of self-esteem and how to recognize high or low self-esteem in children;
  • explain the importance of caregivers’ attitudes toward and interactions with children in nurturing self-esteem;

Lesson 2: Nurturing Self-Esteem in Infants

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to:

  • identify caregiver behaviors and interactions that nurture feelings of acceptance in infants;
  • describe guidance techniques that nurture self-regulation and feelings of power and control in infants;
  • recognize opportunities for social interaction that promote feelings of moral worth in infants;
  • explain how active exploration of their environment nurtures children’s feelings of competence;
  • list ideas for creating an infants’ learning space that includes toys, materials, and activities that support creative, open-ended, and child-directed play.

Lesson 3: Nurturing Self- Esteem in Toddlers

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to:

  • identify caregiver behavior and interactions that nurture feelings of acceptance in toddlers;
  • describe caregiver interactions that nurture feelings of power and control in toddlers;
  • identify the right timing for stress-free toilet learning;
  • recognize opportunities for social interaction and positive guidance as a way to promote feelings of moral worth in toddlers;
  • explain how open-ended activities and materials nurture toddlers’ development and feelings of competence and encourage them to engage in creative play and active exploration of their environment.

Lesson 4: Nurturing Self-Esteem in Preschoolers

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to:

  • identify caregiver behavior and interactions that nurture feelings of acceptance in preschoolers;
  • describe the emergent curriculum approach and other strategies that support preschoolers’ feelings of power and control;
  • discuss guidance techniques that promote feelings of moral worth in preschoolers;
  • select group activities that create opportunities for cooperative social interactions.

Lesson 5: Nurturing Self-Esteem in All Children

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to:

  • discuss how caregiver relationships and interactions can nurture self-esteem in children with special needs;
  • describe caregiver behavior, attitudes, and guidance techniques that nurture self-esteem in children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences;
  • explain characteristics and needs of gifted children;
  • describe strategies that support the development of gifted children and nurture their self-esteem.

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