Learning Environments and Curriculum:

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.

In our efforts to keep children safe, we often give them the impression we don't think they are capable. Consider how children might feel about themselves when they are allowed to use special things from the adult world.

Try This!

Use these photos and questions to provoke your thinking:

  • What details do you see that reveal how the child might be feeling?
  • How might this child describe the way the adults view her or him?

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

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Deepen your understanding of the Topic: Intentional teaching in Performance Area 3 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 75.

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

Download the California ECE Competencies

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Extend Your Learning

Read the article "Playing is My Job", by Elizabeth Jones.

Watch this TedTalk, "When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play out of Learning" with Nancy Carlsson-Paige from Lesley University.

Enjoy this video book about Pete the Cat.