1. Connie Confident
Confident young children are not afraid to make mistakes when learning something new. They believe that they will be successful if they try hard and only ask for their teacher’s or parent’s help when they have tried their very best. Confident young children are not afraid to meet new classmates. They expect to be liked and make friends. When someone wants them to do something they don’t want to do, confident children tell them nicely what they want to do. Confident young children make themselves big and tall, and speak in a voice that everyone can hear but is not too loud.
2. Pete Persistence
Young children who are persistent keep on trying when things seem hard or are not fun to do. They try hard to complete tasks and activities and do their chores without always having to be reminded. They seem to know that they sometimes have to work hard and not give up. As well, children who are persistent believe that the harder they try, the better they get at doing things.
3. Oscar Organisation
Young children who are organised plan to do their best work. They listen carefully to what their teachers and parents want them to do. Children who are organised use their time carefully by getting their work and chores done before they play. Organisation also means that children take care of their things, put things away where they belong after they have finished using them, and try to be tidy and clean.
4. Gabby Get Along
Getting along means that young children work and play together nicely. It means that children tell the truth, care about and are friendly to others. Getting along means being able to fix problem without fighting. When young children get along, they follow the important rules of the classroom and home. They also want to help to make their school and home cleaner and safer.
5. Ricky Resilience
Young children who are emotionally resilient can calm down soon after being extremely upset (sad, worried, angry) without needing the immediate help of an adult. They can also control their behaviour (not fighting, returning to work or play within reasonable time) when they become extremely upset. Young children can be helped to calm down by learning three important skills. When they are upset, they can: 1. Find something fun to do, 2. Find a grown-up to talk with, and 3. Say “calm down” to themeselves and take three big breaths.
** Early Childhood Education, Queensland Government, Australia
*** Connie, Pete, Oscar, Gabby and Ricky are the names have been made up to make parents easily remember the five foundations.