Today it was the first day of Lilly at the
centre, after a week’s vacation.
She was looking upset after her mom left
with her newborn baby sister.
She sat on a sofa for a few minutes, staring
at the door, then at the table, at the child
playing blocks. She was not there looking
sad and grimed.
‘What happened Lilly, are you Ok?’ Asked
the educator. She looked at her with gloomy
The educator got the reason behind her
depression (She was missing her mom) and
whispered something in her ear.
She nodded and got down of the sofa,
started wondering in the room
aimlessly. Beside the light board, near
the water table, Strolling around the
center table touching chairs with her
fingers and finally she sat down near a
shelf picked a toy vehicle and the dolls.
Started setting the dolls on the vehicle,
moved the vehicle forwards and
backwards, this continued for three
She then stood up leaving the toys on
floor and moved to the other shelf, a
telephone receiver was hanging there.
She picked up the receiver, placed on
her ear and kept quiet, I saw tears in her
eyes. I approached near her and asked
if she was calling to her mom. She didn’t
replied, hanged up the receiver
carefully and hide her face down in her
arms. ‘Don’t worry Lilly, she will be
coming back soon to pick you.’ I
She didn’t respond. I left her there and
moved to the dramatic play area and sat a
side on the small sofa there. An other child
came to me and started touching his toy
insects on my arms, then I saw Lilly passing
by looking at me and moving towards the
book shelf. After a second She came back to
me holding a book in her hand. ‘Can you
read this book to me?’ she asked.
‘Oh sure, come here with me, I squished a side.
She sat beside me and opened the book, there
were pictures introducing different surfaces.
‘Look how spiky this is!’ she spoke in a low
tone, while moving her finger on the surface,
‘Oh yes it is!’ I replied and felt the surface with
finger. She turned over the next page, it was a
smooth surface. She was feeling the texture of
the surface by touching it, ‘look at this mouse’
she smiled. ‘It looks naughty’ I replied looking
in her eyes, there was a spark now.
Suddenly she closed the book and ran towards the
book shelf and came back with more books in her
hands. She was looking happy now. She sat beside
me again, opened another book of poems. There was
a poem, I asked her if she could read this poem? She
started singing, ‘Twinkle twinkle little star, how I
wonder what you are?’ I felt like bells were ringing
around me, like I was having a warm sunlight after a
cold, dark raining storm.
She was singing and I was looking at that little star,
who learned how to overcome grief and sorrow?
How to regulate her behavior in a positive,
constructive way. It was a great Aha! moment.
I was surprised and impressed by this little girl, who
gave me a message of acceptance, tolerance and
Child demonstrated a great capacity of self-regulation, as she
overcame her feelings of sadness and grief. She got herself busy in
play and reading and converted her stress in constructive activities.
The child expressed her social and communication skills, through
initiating conversation with me and let me engaged with her.
The child exhibits her language and musical skills as she sang the
poem, ’Twinkle twinkle little star’ with a perfect rhythm.