Let them do some things you know they can do well. Compliment them and encourage. Allow them to read to you. It does not matter if they mispronounce some words (little kids) the idea is to make them feel like they can. Take the fear out of it and encourage them with guidance and beautiful compliments. Children are so afraid in this world we live in today. Not like when I was a kid - all you had to worry about was getting home before dark. Now our children have so much more to worry about, (kidnappers, molesters, bullies, and watching the little sister or brothers, making meals, etc.) They are expected to be little "adults" right away. No one has time anymore to help build a child's confidence everyone's too busy to recognize. We have to make the time everyday to compliment them. (myself included) as sometimes I forget but, we my husband and I both try to let them know we see them, we hear them, and we love them and we know they are going to be great at whatever they choose to be and do. Let the words come out of your mouth sometimes bless, and lift up, encourage instead of complaining. It's hard to do but, with some effort we all can do it.