Literally, when I started, I could not run 60 seconds without feeling like I was going to DIE! It was painful, and it was slow...but the plan was steady and doable. Over the summer, I completed two 5K run/walks (I'm still a bit slow). And now I'm training to participate in a half marathon in February. This morning I completed my first ever eight mile run. As I ran (and walked) I was thinking about my little K learners. We aren't that different!
Anytime we are learning new things, there are times when it's just plain hard. But when we take it one little bit at a time and inch our way forward, amazing things happen.
Dr. Brian Cambourne (Australia) identified eight conditions that all learning requires (whether you're a runner or a Kindergartener). They are:
- Response—Listen to children, welcome their comments and questions, and extend their use of oral and written language. Celebrate the enormous language and literacy learning that is occurring daily! The response of friends and family is important to the learner. I love it when someone says, "You can do it!" Or "I want to give it a try too!"