Affirmations are a wonderful tool for adults and children alike.
Affirmations are simply declarations or statements that when stated aloud can create a sense of positivity. If you wake up every morning affirming, “I deserve to be happy,” your mind is attuned to and focused on the goal of happiness.
When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality. Dr. Carmen Harra
Preschoolers can benefit from written affirmations, and specifically affirmations about school. Even though there will be challenges, we wanted to keep the idea of school positive for our preschooler this year. So, we decided to experiment with affirmations for preschoolers in the form of a book.
I picked up this pack of blank books at Target the other day, and they are the perfect size and function for an affirmations book.
I referred to a few of the following sites for ideas on getting started. I wanted to pick and choose the affirmations that work specifically for my preschooler.
These are the affirmations I decided would be useful for for my preschooler:
- I like school.
- I am excited to learn new things.
- I am a good friend.
- I am helpful and kind.
- I am smart.
- I am strong.
- I am ready to work hard.
- I will have a great day.
After picking the affirmations, we wrote them down in the blank book together. We wrote the affirmations at the top of the page, and left enough space to include pictures at the bottom.
Then, we glued pictures into the book. I printed out a bunch of pictures of my son doing various things. We sorted through all the pictures and picked photos that we thought represented the affirmation.
In this picture our preschooler is being kind to his sister. At this point the inside of the book is done! Now for the cover. The pic below is the cover in process.
I simply cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the book cover. In our case, we picked a geography page, as per my son’s interests. I also cut out a picture of my preschooler silouette-style. We decided on a title together and wrote it on the cover. And that’s it!
Your child can read their affirmations picture book before bed, while eating breakfast (which is what my son did this morning!), or even in the car on the way to school. Read it with enthusiasm and help your child focus on the words you are reading. The more your read it together, the more your child will pick up on the language and believe that they will indeed have a great day at school!