Toddlers 13 videos

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    Why Bring Leaves into the Classroom?

    Observe the dynamics of three boys attempting to play in the same space. The teacher uses a variety of strategies to assure safety while honoring the children’s goals. Notice aspects of actions that help us infer a child’s intention, such as eye contact, sequence, and timing. Note how Alex reacts…

    Subjects: leaves

    Ages: twos

    Tags: communication movement exploration children-teacher closed captions environment

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    Emphasizing Effects

    As George, the adult, rolls toy cars with two children, he is careful to talk about the effects of his actions, e.g. “That time they did not spin around.” These words encourage the children to think about their effects and thereby become more inventive and purposive, more so than if…

    Subjects: toy cars

    Ages: twos

    Tags: teaching children-teacher cause-effect force game rules closed captions

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    Kaylee in the Kitchen

    Kaylee is sitting on the kitchen floor where she has been exploring a set of plastic containers and lids for 45 minutes. She tries to fit a blue lid on top of a yellow measuring cup. Kaylee knows the blue object is a lid and assumes it should sit over…

    Subjects: containers

    Ages: twos

    Tags: child-object pretense empty-full thinkprint environment

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    What Twos Know About Shoes

    Putting on a pair of shoes can be as challenging to a two year old as repairing a car is to an adult. Watching children attempt and accomplish this task reveals many instances of high-level thinking and indicates what children know about these complex objects. See if you can find…

    Subjects: shoes

    Ages: twos

    Tags: child-object classification spatial relations persistence closed captions

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    Gracious Toddler - A Thinkprint Video

    In general this episode shows how a toddler finds a way to maintain a play relationship with her friends even when they deny her a seat on either one of the two rocking horses. We have made two versions of this video. In this one the likely thoughts are narrated…

    Subjects: ride_toy

    Ages: ones

    Tags: language empathy sharing children-children thinkprint

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    Stacking to Taper a Tower

    Cole has stacked four blocks of identical shape and size together. He now decides to add a rectangular, red block to his stack. He positions the block horizontally by placing it on its side. Cole may understand that this placement lends stability to the growing stack. His classmate, Livy, comes…

    Subjects: blocks

    Ages: ones

    Tags: child-object spatial relations problem solving

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    Lead and Follow

    Laurel and Jenna are meeting for the first time. In this video we see how the girls establish a relationship through a series of leading and following actions. As Laurel dances on the mat, she turns her body toward Jenna, falls to her knees, and then looks at Jenna as…

    Subjects: body

    Ages: mixed

    Tags: child-child communication gestures imitation dancing movement

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    Social Clay

    Eight 15-month-old toddlers explore clay together while seated at a large table. They occasionally pick up an idea for what they might do by watching a friend across the table. After a while they make singsong noises together, which acknowledges that they have formed a group. Gradually, the children invent…

    Subjects: clay

    Ages: ones

    Tags: children-teacher communication modification

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    Overcoming Obstacles

    Jack is attempting to ride a small car down a slotted ramp. To begin his ride, he has to ‘park’ the car at the top of the ramp where a well holds the back wheels secure. Today, a large green object obstructs the seating of the wheels. As Jack deals…

    Subjects: push toy

    Ages: twos

    Tags: persistence ride ramp outdoor play closed captions problem solving child-object obstacle

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    Coloring Water

    Six two-year-olds and their teacher, experiment with mixing food coloring in water. Notice how the teacher works to increase the children’s understanding by asking them to plan ahead: “Tyler, do you have an idea of how many drops of blue we should put in?” Observe what strategies the teacher uses…

    Subjects: water

    Ages: twos

    Tags: teaching closed captions environments counting cause-effect children-teacher

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    Shadow Play

    Walter, Justin and Shea are exploring shadows with their teacher. Notice that the teacher begins by saying, “When I stand here, look! When I stand here my shadow is on the wall." Consider why the teacher may decide to use a scientific term to talk with the children about their…

    Subjects: shadows

    Ages: twos

    Tags: teaching children-teacher cause-effect exploration environment closed captions

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    Owen Falls Again

    Owen accidentally falls while pretending to cook playing cards in a pot. The fall surprises him and hurts a little because as he falls he bumps his left forearm on the edge of the coffee table. Owen wants to better understand what has happened, so a few seconds later he…

    Subjects: body

    Ages: twos

    Tags: child-parent pretense spatial relations function closed captions

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    Animal Train

    Tucker and Ayla place animals on a train going ‘to the office’. George asks, “Well, so you don’t want me to put it (horse) over here?” Ayla explains, “No, this goes right there. The horsie eats hay.” Ayla adds motive to the horse’s placement by repositioning it near a raised…

    Subjects: blocks

    Ages: twos

    Tags: pretense closed captions function teaching classification children-teacher