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I Don’t Like That

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This video takes place in a toddler room of a university laboratory child care and preschool. Jordan (29 months) has put on sunglasses, and Sadie (25 months) walks up and stands very close to him. He tells her “I don’t like that,” but she stays close to him. The nearby teacher steps in and tells Sadie that Jordan “does not like that. Please stop.” She then attempts to turn Sadie in another direction. Her interaction with Jordan and Sadie was brief but effective in eliminating a potential conflict.



Note: Other than the brief dialog discussed below, there is no speech to be transcribed.

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three and strategies that caregivers used

Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
Emotional Expression
Children demonstrate an awareness of and the ability to identify and express emotions.

  • Strategies for interaction (21-36 months): Recognize that the child may need some assistance in expressing feelings
  • Action: Jordan attempted to let Sadie know that he didn’t like that she was too close to him, and the teacher stepped in to reiterate this.

Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
Children demonstrate an emerging ability to understand someone else’s feelings and to share in the emotional experiences of others.

  • Strategies for interaction (21-36 months): Continue to name and discuss feelings
  • Action: The teacher restated Jordan’s feelings after Sadie did not respond initially and gently said “Please stop.”

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Receptive Communication
Children demonstrate the ability to comprehend both verbal and nonverbal communication.

  • Action: After Sadie did not act appropriately to Jordan saying “I don’t like that,” the teacher stepped in to guide Sadie in how she should respond.

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Expressive Communication
Children demonstrate the ability to understand and convey thoughts through both nonverbal and verbal expression.

  • Strategies for interaction (21-36 months): Speak in simple sentences when communicating with the child
  • Action: After Jordan told Sadie that he didn’t like her being so close to him, the teacher restated his wishes and asked her to stop.

Approaches to Learning
Problem Solving
Children attempt a variety of strategies to accomplish tasks, overcome obstacles, and find solutions to tasks, questions, and challenges.

  • Strategies for interaction (21-36 months): Be available for the child and recognize when he or she needs guidance
  • Action: The nearby teacher was watching the interaction and recognized when Sadie was not responding to Jordan appropriately, thus stopping a potential conflict.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Care Center

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
  • Faculty / Trainer

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related IEL Birth to Three Guidelines:
Reviewed: 2017