Kindergarten Classroom Observation Report Essay

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In electing to observe a kindergarten class, I was hoping to see ‘real world’ examples of the social development, personality types and cognitive variation found within the beginning stages of “Middle Childhood” as discussed within our text.

On April 1, 2010, I was welcomed into Mrs. Smith’s all day kindergarten class at the O’Dea Core Knowledge Elementary School in Fort Collins Colorado to observe and note the classroom conditions, interactions of the children among themselves, the teachers or other authority figures and the manner in which learning takes place.

O’Dea, as it is referred to within this paper, was selected because it is located within my neighborhood, and I am familiar with it’s location, general population and the
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The class that was observed consisted of five and six year olds, it was of interest that there were several examples of interactions that could be classified as moral reasoning between the children during ‘free play’ where small groups of 3 or 4 expressed frustration that the rules weren’t being followed. There were two moments in which the teacher became involved to guide the discussion during which the children were allowed to explore their feelings and suggest ideas to resolve the conflict.

As described within the text, during early childhood, the development of friendships between children begins to emerge, in which children of similar personalities and interests demonstrate an interest in playing with each other ( ). During Middle Childhood, these relationships deepen, and continue to evolve into more gender specific relationships, in which boys prefer to play with boys and girls among girls ( ). It was easily observed within the classroom that this theory held true – the boys played in small groups with wooden blocks and Lego’s creating elaborate ‘Star Wars’ scenarios, and the girls played more quietly with books and writing white boards.
According to Piaget, the early childhood period is one in which the child is…

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