We were learning about perseverance this afternoon. We read the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. Jacob told us that the giraffe persevered because he couldn’t dance to start with and he kept practising and trying different music and then, in the end, he could do it. We talked about things that we can do now that we didn’t used to be able to do and how we had to persevere to be able to do them. We also talked about things we can’t do yet and what we need to do so that we will be able to do them.
Bob the Bear (who we named with a class vote during our lesson about democracy) told the class that he can’t count to ten. The children took turns to tell Bob what he needs to do. They told him that he needs to keep practising, ask for help, and learn a few numbers at a time. If he perseveres he will be able to do it.
We read a poem called ‘Yet’ by Heidi Harrell. We talked about the word yet and that all of the things we can’t do are things that we can’t do yet! If we keep trying and persevere we will eventually be able to do them.
by Heidi Harrell
There are so many things you want to know,
So many ways you want to grow,
There are so many things you want to be,
So many milestones you want to see.
You will get there if you never forget
The superpower of the word, YET!
When you first tried to talk, you were hard to understand,
When you first tried to eat, you needed a hand.
When you first tried to walk, you fell and fell,
When you first tried to run, it didn’t go well.
But your baby self knew something we often forget
The superpower of the word YET!
Somehow you knew that if you kept trying
Your chances of success would keep multiplying.
The same is true with every risk that you take,
You just have to learn from every mistake.
Where you put your effort, the goal will be met
As long as you remember the superpower of YET!