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Teaching kids that "oops" and "ish" are OK

Do you have any students who struggle with perfectionism?  How about your own children at home?  Well, if you're looking for a book that helps deal with that very topic, you've come to the right place!



We've started a linky over at Hello Sunshine Teachers, and would LOVE to have other teachers come join us in sharing quickie little tips, recipes, books...  Whatever might make other teachers' days a little bit brighter!  The sunshine I'm sharing today is a quick little book talk about two of my favorite read alouds that open the door to discussing perfectionism's dastardly effect on creativity and personal growth.

In working with gifted children, I often found myself encouraging my young students to be more tolerant their limitations even in the pursuit of excellence.

I would like to clarify that this doesn't mean languishing complacently.  Indeed, perfectionism is often paralyzing, thwarting any desire for experimentation for fear of... well, of making an oops.  Or being just ish instead of perfect.

Here are two titles that I've used in the classroom to bring this topic into the light:




Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg 
This interactive picture book is more than a novelty.  Each of the popups, fold-overs, and other creative embellishments mimics what might be viewed as an imperfection or mistake... but results in a wonderful product.  A quick, fun read, Beautiful Oops! illustrates (literally) how mistakes can indeed turn out to be beautiful.

ish by Peter H. Reynolds   
Delving into the same subject matter in a deeper way, this sweet picture book tells the story of Ramon, who puts away his beloved pencil after his older brother made fun of his drawing.  When Ramon discovers that his little sister has a quite different opinion about his artistry, he picks up his pencil again... and his willingness to take risks rewards him with creative success in areas other than drawing.

Both of these delightful picture books have helped many of my students identify their own perfectionism and fear of falling short of their often self-imposed ideals.  I've used both to start community circle discussions, and it is amazing to see where the kids take the conversation!

I'm guessing that you have some sunshine to share, too, and we would love to have you link up with us at Hello Sunshine Teachers.

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