Relationships, Interactions, and Guidance:

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.

Behavior communicates meaning. Consider these questions when you encounter child behaviors that puzzle, annoy, confuse, or trouble you.

  • When a child behaves in a way that makes you uncomfortable, what might he or she be trying to communicate?
  • When we look at children, what are they telling us without using words?
  • How are our responses to children's behaviors affecting how they see themselves?
  • What do children's drawings tell you about their ideas?
  • How could you find out more about children's efforts to form friendships?

Try This!

  • To help you examine the child's perspective, observe a child engaged in a behavior that makes you uncomfortable. Write a description of what you observed.
  • How would you explain the behavior?
  • How might the child explain it?

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 expectations for expressions of children's emotions and thoughts by reading the Topics: Expressions of emotions and Self-Regulation in Performance Area 1 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 30.

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies