On Monday, we met with Matilda’s nursery school teach to discuss her progress. Let me start by saying that I don’t worry a lot about her academic progress as she is only 3 years old. But her teacher had some interesting insights in to her personality.
The teacher says that she is not very confident. When it is circle time and she asks the kids questions such as what letter is this, what number, who lives at [address], etc.. Matilda never raises her hand. When the teacher calls on her, she often just looks down instead of answering. At home, I have noticed that she often will give a silly answer if she is not sure of the right answer.
I strongly feel that her shy nature is just part of the personality that she was born with.. but the Asian mom in me hates it. I wonder what we did wrong to have an un-confident kid?
In an effort to build her confidence we are thinking of reversing our previous plan to not enroll the kids in activities until they were in Kindergarten. I am hoping that exposing her to a lot of new activities and people will make her less shy and more confident.
Got thoughts on this topic? Please comment!
PS. Here are the positive things that the teacher said. Matilda is kind to her classmates and is a good friend. She shares, smiles and greets people. And she is a great artist.