Learning Cannot Always Just Be In The Classroom Which Is

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Learning cannot always just be in the classroom which is why this experience has been so interesting. From the service with children at the Journey Church Base Camp I got to learn in real life what children are like when they are still developing and learning. I chose the Journey Church Base Camp for my service to see how children can learn about religion and how this can factor into their development. In the weeks prior to my service, I learned about behaviorism, parent involvement, Piaget and Vygotsky’s theories about learning, the information processing theory, and Erik Erikson 's eight stages through lectures and readings. However, I also got to see these parts of development in the children who were in 4th and 5th grade at the Journey…show more content…
This relates to what I observed at Base Camp and how a different environment would affect a child 's behavior. At Base Camp we start in the Connect room which is for the 4th and 5th graders to play before the lesson. In that room everyone would engage with each other and their behavior was socially correct for their age. However once we went into the Summit room to learn children would start to fidget more and get bored with what was being taught. This shows that the children 's cognitive development was to the point where they knew the difference between play time and learning time. However it is developed enough that they could chose what information they wanted to interpret or remember. The children found that lessons were not as interesting as playing with their friends and from one room to the other I saw a change in their behavior. All children have emotions and there was not an exception when it came to serving with the children in Base Camp. I saw the children go through different emotions in the short time that I was with them. I saw that the children reacted the most when their parents would come to pick them up. Each child acknowledged their guardian or parent coming to pick them up in different emotions. One child was happy when he saw his mother was there to get them, which relates to Erikson’s chart and shows his trust in his mother. As Erikson defines in his eight stage when a child is zero to two
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