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Preschool Classroom Observation Essays

Preschool Observation Paper

3113 WordsDec 13th, 201013 Pages

SETTING

The date of my observation was April 27th, 2010. It was about 9:30 in the morning when I began my study. I went to Grossmont College’s Child Development Center. The first thing I began looking for was if the child-teacher ratio was correct. The child ratio was 2 teachers to about every 8 children. The ratio was good. As I entered there was one large room that almost looked as if it could be two rooms they way it was set up. One half consisted of a large bookshelf with numerous books on it with a couch in the front of it. The other half of the room was almost like a little kitchen. It had a table with chairs around it with a sink and cabinets behind it. There were “age appropriate” toys as well as books all over the…show more content…

She is right handed. Right when I saw Addison for the first time she was painting. She was doing everything with her right hand showing the maturation of the prefrontal cortex. Addison’s use of her right hand is evidence lateralization, or sidedness, of the brain. As the corpus callosum connects it allows the person to coordinate functions performed mainly by one hemisphere or the other (Berger 8th edition connecting the Brain’s hemispheres, pg. 226). According to the text the corpus collasum grows rapidly during early childhood. (Addison, at 5, is within in this norm (Berger 8th edition pg. 226). Her fine motor skills were being shown off in many ways throughout my observation. Addison used her plastic spoon to carefully add new colors of paint into her box. She displayed fine motor skills, which involve small body movements (especially those of the hands and fingers) (Berger 8th edition page 234). She is actually advanced for her age because according to (Berger 8th edition pg. 232 table 8.1) bit says the approximate age is 6 when a child will draw and paint with preferred hand. Addison painted by herself around the other children for almost 10 minutes. Addison showed signs of Preservation, which refers to the tendency to preserve in, or stick to, one thought or action (Berger 8th edition pg. 228). Once Addison was done painting she then told the teacher “I’m done”, and the teacher advised her to go wash her hands. She walks over to the

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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…show more content…

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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