8.1—Curiosity and Initiative
Children express curiosity, interest, and initiative in exploring the environment, engaging in experiences, and learning new skills.
Isaiah explores and experiences activities…with eagerness…independence…and inventiveness.
Isaiah’s curiosity and interest are evident when he discovers water coming out of a hole in a cup at the water center. He explores the environment by using a baster to put water in different containers as he demonstrates the skill to his friend Ava. Isaiah experiences the role of teacher when he explains to Ava how to use the baster and then explains the skill again when Ava’s first attempt is unsuccessful.
Children develop the ability to interact with peers respectfully and to form positive peer relationships.
Isaiah sustains interactions with peers…develops friendships…and takes turns with others.
Isaiah forms a teacher/student relationship with his friend Ava. Isaiah sees that Ava is having difficulty drawing water into the baster and he takes turns with her in order to describe what he is doing to draw the water into the baster. When Ava is not completely successful in using the baster, Isaiah offers to demonstrate its use again and then asks Ava if she “gets it”.
10.1—Language Understanding and Use
Children understand and use communication and language for a variety of purposes.
Isaiah initiates, listens, and responds appropriately…to Ava.
Isaiah uses his communication skills to describe to Ava how to use the baster. Isaiah respectfully asks her to use the baster and communicates the method he uses to draw water into the baster. When Ava doesn’t get the baster to work completely, Isaiah again explains what he is doing in slightly different terms as well as offering validation for Ava’s efforts (e.g., “Now leave it like you were doing it”).