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Two boys wait at the entrance to the building where the trikes are stored. They jockey physically for position, because they both want to drive the two-seater trike.
Pam: Caleb asked for it first. Let’s stick to the rules.
Amarrion: (Reaching toward the back seat.) I want to sit.
Pam: Ask him first, okay.
Amarrion: (Looking directly at Caleb.) Ask first.
Caleb: (Nodding.) Yes.
Pam: He can come on? Okay (helping Amarrion onto the trike). There you go.
The children in this clip attend a mixed-age early childhood center sponsored by a public university. One sunny fall day, they ran out onto the playground, and two of the boys, Caleb (3 years, 4 months) and Amarrion (3 years, 8 months) immediately headed to the barn where the trikes are stored.
The teacher headed off a potential argument over the trike by prompting Amarrion with words to use to convince Caleb to share the back seat of the trike. Prompting young children with words to use to solve social problems is an effective teaching tool. Caleb showed great perseverance in attempting to taxi Amarrion up a hill. As the incline became steeper, it became increasingly difficult for him, and Amarrion eventually jumped off.
Benchmarks & How They Were Met
- Amarrion told the teacher that he wanted to sit on the trike. With the teacher’s encouragement, he spoke to Caleb to express what he wanted (although he did not use a conventional request).
- Caleb steered and pedaled the trike while Amarrion rode with him.
- Caleb steered the trike and rode it uphill, then walked it when pedaling became too difficult.
- Amarrion followed the teacher’s directions to let Caleb start out on the trike since Caleb had asked first. Amarrion also asked to ride in the second seat, as the teacher told him to do.
- Amarrion let Caleb have the trike, since Caleb had asked first.
- Caleb understood what Amarrion wanted and agreed to let him ride on the back of the trike.
This video clip was made possible by STARnet Regions I & III with funding from the Illinois State Board of Education.