Child Observation: 3 1/2 Year Old PreSchooler Essay

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For 12 weeks I observed a young pre-schooler Child C aged 31/2 years old, through my account I would give an observer’s view of Child C, three theories peculiar to Child C and my the emotions evoked in me as an observer. My observation assisted in my understanding of the changes in Child C as the week progressed over the 12 weeks.
My first few visits at the nursery Child C appeared boisterous and obnoxious. This led me to assume Child C was the class bully, I shared my finding with the class and the views were ambivalent and divided. I was concerned for a few weeks, however after a few more visits at the nursery my opinion changed as I realised Child C was not a bully but rather a self willed, assertive child.

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He responded by saying “You must always lay the table properly”. Another example is from week 8’s observation... while out in the play ground Child C was playing two other girls (child T and child F), they were mixing sand in a bowl, what are you doing? Another child enquired, we are making a “chocolate cake”. Let’s add some more sand so the ‘chocolate cake’ to make it taste nicer. No! child T said I don’t want to, you’re not sharing Child C said, we need to add some more sand, so the cake would taste nicer, then we can put it in the oven. Child T stood her ground “no I don’t want to”,... child T still refuses to let Child C mix more sand in her “chocolate cake mixture”, with no resolution in sight Child C storms off to start his own ‘chocolate cake mixture’ only Child C gets a really big bowl... As an observer I marvelled Child C looked like a little ‘Jamie Oliver’. Through play acting, Child C demonstrates his ability to learn and maintain social relationship through being self assertive and making "chocolate cakes ". Neven R.S p. 21
Play is a pivotal aspect of early childhood, which has led to a child’s personality being developed, the way children learn, resolve issues, and maintain social relationships in subsequent school years as they grow older. Play can also be described as an experience, a product, work, fun and a vital aspect of communication
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