Callen is a 4-year-old boy who enjoys painting in the art area. He often shows his teacher his paintings with great pride. When Kelly and Jesse come into the area to paint, Callen always starts crying, grabs his painting, wet and all, and quickly goes and sits underneath the table. Callen’s educators are not able to get him out from under the table. The harder they try, the harder he cries. They have learned, however, that they need to give him time to calm down on his own. When he is ready, he gets out from under the table.
Rosie, who is five years old, is really excited about going on the upcoming field trip to the Tulip Festival with her friends at the home childcare she attends. Tulips are her very favorite flower, and she especially loves yellow ones. She has been waiting for this for a few weeks.
At lunch time, Linda, the childcare owner, shares with the children that the van they need for the outing is not working, and unfortunately, they will not be able to go to the Tulip Festival on the day they had planned. The van they were going to take needs to go to the shop and will not be fixed in time. Rosie told Linda, "That’s ok. We can go when the van gets fixed. It will still be fun, and we will get to see the yellow tulips. It will just be after the time that we were going to see them." Linda appreciates Rosie’s attitude.
Rafi is three years old. When he arrives at school, he puts his coat away and goes over to the block area. He will not play or talk to anyone, and if they say something to him, he does not respond. After about 10 minutes, he will grab a couple of blocks and put them on the floor in front of him, analyzing them to see if they will stack, one on top of the other. Then, he grabs a couple more blocks and is suddenly laughing and playing with the other children who have been playing in the block area. Rafi’s educators understand Rafi, so they give him some space.
Create a Word document with three sections labeled Callen, Rosie, and Rafi. Create a chart or use bullets to organize your reflection and include the following reflection items. A template is available below, or you may create your own version.
- Temperament
- Details from Scenario
- Expected Behaviors
- Strategies
- Other thoughts and observations
- References