How to Correct a Preschooler When an Answer Is Wrong

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When working with children it's important to correct them in an encouraging educational but most importantly positive way. Find out how to correct a preschooler when an answer is wrong with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina, and this is how to correct a preschooler when an answer is wrong. When working with children it's important to correct them in an encouraging educational but most importantly positive way. When working with a preschooler whether it's a workbook or just when talking and they answer a question incorrectly and it's something that needs to be corrected like in a workbook, you can help them walk through how they got to the conclusion they did and then walk through how to get to the correct conclusion. When sitting with a child you can ask them how did you count ten giraffes in this problem and then as they answer, maybe you can find exactly where they went wrong or maybe not. Depending on the answer they give I like to say well, let's count them together, there's one, two, three, four, five, is that ten? No, okay, what number down here do you think it is, two, five or ten? And then if they don't give the right answer you can go back and count again but generally they will know that it's five and then go ahead and circle the five and cross out the ten. I think it's important when working with children to remember that they have a sense of dignity as well. They don't want to be shamed or treated like they are stupid, they want the right answer to the problem often but in a way that honors them. No matter what you are learning, walking them through the appropriate way to find the right answer will help the child. Thanks for watching.

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