Exercises for "A Child's First Day"

Larry, a new student, awaits the arrival of the Head Start bus. As the vehicle pulls up, the voice of an adult inside the bus is heard saying, "Come on, let’s go." Larry turns away from the bus. His mother says to him, "Larry, I thought you wanted to go to school!" The boy clings to her skirt. She picks him up and places him inside the bus. Ignoring his crying, she quickly leaves. An exasperated bus monitor leads Larry to a seat and buckles him into his child safety restraint system. Larry is aware that other children are staring at him and sniffles quietly.

Define the problem

  • What is the immediate problem from Larry's perspective?
  • Does this represent a problem for this Head Start agency?
  • Is it likely that Larry's mother perceives a problem here?

Generate data about the problem

  • What would we need to know about Larry?
  • Has this been a problem with other children on their first day?
  • What do we need to know about the bus driver and bus monitor in this situation?

Generate ideas/alternate courses of action

  • What are some of the ways the bus driver could handle the situation?
  • What are some other ways that the bus monitor could have handled the situation?
  • How can a parent prepare children for their first day of Head Start or preschool?

Choose among the alternate solutions

  • What are some of the pros and cons for the responses to the previous question?
  • Which course of action seems like the best to take when presented with this situation? Why?

Implement the solution or decision

  • Assume that this scenario has played out as written; write a conclusion that demonstrates an appropriate response on the part of the bus driver/bus monitor, and other agency personnel.
  • Who might be a resource within the program that could help brainstorm potential solutions on how to handle some of these problems?
  • What sort of training is necessary to prepare transportation staff to deal with similar situations in the future?

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Last Reviewed: April 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014