This year I have a little boy who has really developed an 'I can't do it' attitude. I was interested in finding out if people had any suggestions to help develop self-esteem. A little bit about him: He has the most fantastic imagination, loves playing games and is always keen to share things. His main area of 'I can't do it' lies within phonics, writing and reading. He is definitely more able than he thinks he is! He is starting to blend CVC words and can recognise the phonemes. In his reading we read really repetitive books and do high fives/ loads of praice etc when he has a go at something. He won't have a go at writing, as he hits his self-panic button before even starting. I have suggested to mum that they read these books as often as he can to help him realise he can do it! The sad thing is that today we were talking about why everyone is special and he said he wasn't special, even when I told him how he was so important in our class because he always came up with the best ideas, he was insistent he wasn't :-( So any suggestions beyond practise and positive praise to the extreme? I don't want him to move on to year 1 where expectations will increase, giving up on things before even trying.