Today's Wonder, #697: HowFar Can Butterflies Fly?, got me thinking about the amazing perseverance of those lovely and fragile insects. Perseverance—an important characteristic for children to have when facing many daunting tasks, such as learning to read.
I know that encouraging effort versus rewarding/praising results is important for giving children that boost to keep at it, but am interested to hear what others think and do. This is certainly a quality that is highly valued in the workplace, and when you think of inventors who face many failures before meeting success (like Edison), I guess we’d be in the dark without their perseverance.
Success vs Failure, defined by perseverance: Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times while trying to improve the light bulb. When asked, he said, "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb." The idea is that -- even if you try and fail, it doesn't mean that you didn't learn something.
A great story, maybe even true, and a point an indeed be made that children will remember.
However, I really like your Wonder, #697: HowFar Can Butterflies Fly? Nature has many lessons for children and this story of perseverance is another great character-builder, right out of Nature's storybook.