50 ChaPter 3
Five observable behaviors are articulated in the various state standards for
both engagement and persistence for three- to five-year-old children:
1. The child concentrates on a variety of age-appropriate tasks, activities, and
projects despite distractions or interruptions.
2. The child pursues increasingly complex tasks, projects, and activities,
willingly working on them over a period of hours or days.
3. The child continues to attempt a difficult task, sustaining attention and
working through attendant frustration, disappointment, difficulties,
4. The child purposefully chooses activities and interactions of interest,
develops a plan, and follows through with increasing independence.
5. The child seeks and accepts help, information, tools, and materials from
peers and adults when needed.
experiencing the engagement and persistence
standard in the outdoors
indicATor 1: The child concentrates on a variety of age-appropriate
tasks, activities, and projects despite distractions or interruptions.
Emma works steadily at her puzzle, testing the fit of each piece. “Does this
go here?” she wonders.
it is a warm summer day. the teachers have decided to take a number of
different center activities outside, including musical instruments, books, and
chart paper with markers and puzzles. emma goes directly to the puzzle
table, finds a seat, and starts to work on the challenging puzzle of a train.
Jelani stops at the music station and then approaches emma. she watches
emma work for a few moments. emma looks up at her with a smile and
Jelani sits down beside her and picks up some puzzle pieces. the two girls
of different abilities work in parallel for some time, one quite able to fit the
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