Child Development

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For my research, I observed a four year old preschool class at KidsFirst Preschool composed of eight boys and four girls for a total of twelve children. The average socioeconomic status was middle class. The classroom walls were painted white except for one red accent wall. A square carpeted area in one corner of the room was set up with a play kitchen and play laundry area. The bathroom was in the back left corner and was flanked by a chalkboard and a three-drawer storage unit that housed various toys the children could play with during center time. A large plastic storage tub held wooden blocks next to a bookcase by the backdoor that led to the playground outside. Three tables placed end to end and lined with child size chairs sat in…show more content…
K.S. had trouble tracing his worksheet like the other children. When other children started announcing they were done with their worksheet, he began to show signs of frustration by pulling on his hair and rubbing his head. After trying to get out of completing his work, Mrs. Pat encouraged K.S. by telling him what a wonderful job he had done on the letters he had completed. Children begin using their hands immediately after birth to investigate their bodies and the environment in which they are in. Fine motor skills develop as children’s bodies start moving and becoming more stable. As their additional skills advance they learn to do more with their hands, therefore further developing their fine motor skills. By four years old, children are able to copy squares, print a few letters, cut on given line, and use utensils correctly. However, children develop skills at different rates. This means that one child may be able to print his or her name at 3 years and 6 months old while another child may not be able to do so till he or she is 4 years and 6 months old. K.S. could easily be a child that develops these skills at a slightly later age. While observing the children’s cognitive development, I noticed some children remembered the letter sounds they had learned earlier in the year more than other children. During their weekly “Show and Tell” on Friday, students were asked to tell what they had brought and identify the letter that the object started with (the
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