Family and Community Engagement:

Consider the Child's Point of View

Breadcrumb trail:

Gain valuable insights through the child's perspective.

Children see the world quite differently than we do. The world is new to them. They are experiencing so many "firsts" and trying to make sense of them. When we seek out their points of view, we gain valuable insights into their thinking, their questions, their fears, and the things that tickle their fancy and delight them. Take time to listen and watch closely. Let their perspectives inform everything you do in your day-to-day practice.

A young boy looking through a toy magnifying glass while the teacher looks on.
  • You can focus on children in a number of ways to help you consider their perspectives.
  • Observe them closely, trying to imagine what they are thinking.
  • Study their words, drawings, and dramas of family life.
  • Read books that offer stories of children's perspectives.
  • Can you think of others?

Try This!

Read and listen to this book, Grandma's House, written by Orion and his grandmother.

  • If Orion was in your program, what would you want to know about him and his family?
  • How do you think the children in your program see themselves and their families? How do you know?
  • What do you think goes through a child's mind when his or her family isn't represented in any way in the educational environment?

Use this template to record your observations, thoughts, and feelings.  Download the Template

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Deepen your understanding by reviewing Performance Area 1, Topics: Communication strategies and Family preference for communication in CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 38.

Can you find other places in this competency area that address your interests and needs?

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies