- Explain that the child will learn how to observe someone’s work.
- Invite the child to follow you as you find another child to observe.
- Demonstrate to the child that you stay a good distance away from the working child.
- Demonstrate to the child that you keep your hands to yourself with your arms behind your back.
- Demonstrate to the child that you stay very quiet and don’t make a noise.
- Ask the child if he sees how quiet you both are being, how you are keeping your hands to yourself, and not getting too close.
- Explain that the child will learn how to ask an observer to move on.
- Ask the child to stand up next to his rug.
- Sit down at the child’s rug and start to work.
- Look up at the child and smile.
- “Hello [child’s name]. I am focused on my work, and right now I would like to be alone with my work. Could you please come back some other time? Thank you.”
- Switch roles with the child and invite the child to practice telling you the same thing.
Teaching the children how to demonstrate respect for others by observing them in a comfortable, non-intrusive way. Teaching the children how to politely and respectfully ask someone to stop observing you.
3 1/2 to 4