Teaching kids to be confident is a key to helping them to find success. Self-confidence shapes us a lot, so learning to have confidence in yourself and in your decisions at a young age is imperative for Little Learners. This assortment of books, videos, and classroom resources will help you to be on a path towards helping you kiddos to be as confident as they can be!
Books That Teach Self-Confidence
Each of the following books teaches self-confidence in a different way, which will further solidify their understanding of what it truly means to be confident. Within our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum you will also find question and answer sheets that are super helpful post-read if that is something that interests you!
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1. I Like Myself by: Karen Beaumont
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
2. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by: Patty Lovell
Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.
3. Little Miss Jean and the Time Machine by: Karri Theis
This sweet story will help empower kids in believing that they have it inside themselves to create, build, learn and find ways to show kindness to others, and can do so by using their own imagination. There are questions at the back of the book to help kids start thinking about these things for themselves and connecting the meaning to their own experience. There are also blank pages at the back of the book to use as a journal or diary to write down their ideas/goals.
4. A Bad Case of Stripes by: David Shannon
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!
5. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by: Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
A refreshing fable that assures kids it’s OK to mess up every now and then and that mistakes are actually a crucial part of learning.
Videos That Teach Self-Confidence
The collection of videos below all show self-confidence in relatable ways that make learning how to have more confidence in yourself a lot more personal and FUN. If it is something that interests you, in The Encouraging Classroom we provide follow-up questions for each of these videos, so class discussion is easier than ever!
1. 33 POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS SELF ESTEEM
Affirmations are things we say to ourselves that shape our beliefs. When your child speaks the affirmations in this video over and over, he or she will begin to believe them. Once they believe, they will achieve!! So say these affirmations every morning to set a positive tone for the day.
2. Henry and Leslie (A Children’s Story About Confidence and Self Love)
‘Henry and Leslie’ by Debora Dyass is a story that teaches children about self love. Knowing your strengths and acknowledging that not everybody is perfect is a great foundation for teaching children about building confidence and the importance of self love.
3. How to Build Self-Confidence
Watch the ‘How to Build Self Confidence” animated story for kids with vibrant characters that will teach your kids good manners & habits and moral values in the most entertaining way.
4. The Reflection in Me
A heartwarming family film sharing themes of love, acceptance, and having a positive self-image.
Self-Confidence Activities for the Classroom
We have found the following activities to be extremely helpful when it comes to teaching your kids about self-confidence in your classroom. All of these activities can be found inside of The Encouraging Classroom full-year curriculum. There are 12 different character traits in all and each module includes, daily lessons, songs, videos, read alouds with questions, art projects, home connections, and more! You can also find video trainings about Calm Down Corners, Breathing Techniques, Morning Meetings, Self Regulation, Developing Student Relationships, and other great extras within the curriculum!
1. Self-Confidence Poster and Brag Tags
Print and hang this poster on your character wall or on your whiteboard. It’s a great tool to use to introduce the focus of the month.
Self-confidence brag tags can be used as an extra incentive this month. Hand them out as a reward to students who are displaying acts of confidence or allow your students to nominate their peers for being self-confident. If you’d like to read more about brag tags, you can start here.
2. Self-Confidence Scenario Cards
Use these as a tool for a whole group discussion or even writing prompt! There are 8 scenario cards included. Each scenario is relatable to your students and prompts them to decide what they would do if they were faced with the same scenario. We have also included full page scenario card options for you to display on your SMART board. These are great to use for morning meeting discussions!
3. Self-Confidence Mosaic
USING THE MOSAIC
- Students read the affirmations anytime they are feeling down about themselves.
- Display the mosaics in the classroom to show how each classmate is amazing.
- Have a class discussion about each person chose different traits and each person is amazing and unique.
- Encourage students to use the affirmations to have positive self-talk and see how that impacts their self-confidence.
4. Self-Confidence Coloring Page
We have created a self-confidence coloring page for your students to use during their spare time, during a read aloud, or even as a reward. We hope you like it!