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.

Re-read Scenario #2 - Finding Another Way in Ethical Dilemmas, about the father, a taxi driver, who is trying to enroll his child in a state funded Pre-K program. Put yourself in the child's place. Imagine how she might experience the outcome of an administrator's actions, if after an enticing visit to preschool with her family, she learns that she can't attend because of her father's job.

Try This!

  • Imagine how might Faduma react to the news.
  • In her voice, describe her possible thoughts, feelings, questions, and reactions upon hearing the news.
  • Write a second paragraph of your reflections on what you learned from trying to take Faduma's perspective.

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 the Topic: Relationships with children and families in Performance Area 2 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 101.

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

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies