Grit and Perseverance: Try try again!

Grit and Perseverance: Try try again!

Grit and Preserverance, Art, Character, In art class this week our students learned about architecture! They were excited to build and couldn’t wait to get started. As the students began, a few realized that their first attempts didn’t work. A few pieces fell, another piece or two started sliding and other structures toppled over. The comments ranged from “I can’t do this!” to “I’m done” to “Can you do this for me?”
What a great opportunity to teach about grit and perseverance!

We all get frustrated, even as adults, but going back to the project or whatever we are working on and and making it right, is what “grit” is all about.

Giving children opportunities to develop grit and perseverance needs to be moved to the top of our to-do lists. How can we do this? Let’s start with creating time. We all know how precious time is but creating anything, from a work of art to a term paper to math homework, takes time. Making sure you have enough time allows for “re-dos” and that’s where the learning takes place. Learning a new sport also gives kids opportunities to practice, practice, practice – from skateboarding to riding bikes to learning how to pitch. Falling off a board (with helmet and pads of course) or striking out is part of how we learn to push through and succeed. I can guarantee you that with practice, your child will learn how to ride a skate board, throw strikes, or draw a flower.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” What a poignant quote to think of today. As art class ended, I heard “I did it!” over and over again. I think Thomas Edison would be proud.
Allow your kids to develop their “grit” muscle. Helping them less will seem tough at first, but they will figure out most things. Perseverance will become one of the most important parts of their character as they continue to develop a strong sense of self.
See you in art class!

Authored by: Lauren Perelmuter

Lauren Perelmuter, Owner and Founder of Art To Grow On Children's Art Center, Inc. has been dedicated to and deeply involved in the arts and art education for 25 years. As Founder and President, Perelmuter launched Art To Grow On Inc. in 2000, bringing Art Enrichment Programs, Products, and Services to children ages 18 months –18 years old. Perelmuter’s extensive background working with Schools, both private and public, along with Cities, Corporate Day Care Centers, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations, has moved Art To Grow On Inc. to the forefront as one of the leading art enrichment providers in Southern California. Perelmuter believes the act of “creating” gives children Life Essential Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independent Learning, Collaboration, and Communication- skills this generation must embrace and refine not only to thrive but to contribute as global citizens and become optimal thinkers. “They are our future innovators!” Lauren can be reached at picasso@art2growon.com, www.Art2GrowOn.com and (310) 625-6028.

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