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Every Kid Deserves the Chance to Learn and Grow

Pair these FREE educator-developed printable activities with your favorite Encantos videos, books, and songs to help your child develop critical reading, writing, math, and social emotional learning skills. Plus, check out our Tips for Grown-ups to help reinforce the teachable moments in each lesson.

Nov 23, 2021 -

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3 ways you can help your child develop grit

A child struggling to learn a new gymnastics technique who practices for hours everyday for months until it becomes so easy that they could do it in their sleep. Another who signs up for soccer only to realize it’s not the sport for them, yet sticks with it for the rest of the season to be there for their team and finish what they started. These are stories of grit, the skill we use to persevere and accomplish our long-term goals, even when things get hard. It’s about following through with commitments and not giving up.

A child struggling to learn a new gymnastics technique who practices for hours everyday for months until it becomes so easy that they could do it in their sleep. Another who signs up for soccer only to realize it’s not the sport for them, yet sticks with it for the rest of the season to be there for their team and finish what they started. These are stories of grit, the skill we use to persevere and accomplish our long-term goals, even when things get hard. It’s about following through with commitments and not giving up.


Angela Lee Duckworth, a Psychology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is a leader in studying grit and its role in predicting success among people of all ages and occupations. From children competing in spelling bees to West Point cadets, she’s found that grit—not innate intelligence—correlates strongly with how successful one will be. People who are able to stick with challenges, trudging on even through adversity and failure, see more positive outcomes and are more likely to achieve their goals. 


Parents play a vital role in the development of a child's grit. It’s important that kids understand that being good at a skill isn’t determined at birth, but is the result of hard work and determination. Adults make mistakes and struggle to overcome challenges, but hopefully we have learned to try and try again until we solve our problem or reach our goal. Even the most successful people—including professional athletes and best-selling authors—use grit to make their dreams come true.


Here are 3 ways you can help your child develop grit:

  • Celebrate the process, not only the outcome - Marveling at how smart kids are can teach them their success is the result of something they’re born with, not the hard work they put in to get there. Instead, praise them for the steps they took, and the mistakes they made along the way.
  • Model grit yourself - By allowing your kids to see you make mistakes, then persevering to overcome them and reach your goals, you demonstrate that success takes work and that mistakes are a normal part of the learning process.
  • Resist the urge to take over - When you see your child struggling with a particular task, encourage them to keep trying and help them brainstorm solutions, rather than completing it for them. This helps kids learn that success does not come easily and that they shouldn’t give up just because things got difficult.


How the Encantos app can help kids develop grit:

Encantos is full of stories of characters demonstrating grit. Storyworlds such as Tyrus’s Kids, La Petite Petra, Stoopkid Stories, and many others demonstrate how overcoming obstacles and working through mistakes can lead to improvement. Games such as the rhythm and quiz show challenges from Canticos teach kids to try and try again.

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

Benefits of Bilingualism (FAQs):

Any advice on managing two Spanish dialects in the household? Does this cause confusion for kids?

What do you recommend if I’m not completely fluent and my child’s school doesn’t have an immersion class?

Do you recommend teaching different subjects in different languages? For example, the solar system in English and the days of the week in Spanish? Or is it better for kids to try to learn in both languages all the time?

We speak Spanish and English in our home but my child almost always answers or talks back in English. How can I go about encouraging her to respond and speak more in Spanish?

Should I set aside time or create activities for each language or is it okay to mix them both together?

Any advice for households where one parent speaks Spanish and the other English? Can this be confusing for children?

How can my child learn language through play?

What are the social and cultural benefits of bilingualism?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?

What are some strategies for raising bilingual children?

What are some common misconceptions about raising bilingual children?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?