Watch as the child builds with blocks, puts together a challenging puzzle, or works on any challenging task.
No elicitation needed.
The child may talk to herself as she works on the task. This self-talk helps her think about the problem in a more outward way. The child may say, “No. Not that way,” or “I put it here.” “I got it!”
Self-talk is an important step in problem solving. It is a way the child self-monitors and controls her actions. Early childhood educators and parents can encourage self- talk by asking the child to “Tell me what you are thinking.” They can also model self- talk as they work through a problem they are trying to solve.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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