Early Childhood Observation

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For the observation project, I chose to do my research at Wisconsin Athletic Club daycare where I watched a 6-year old girl named Maya. Maya is in 5k and is a bright young girl with an outgoing personality. I observed Maya in a daycare setting with newborns to children 13 years of age. The daycare contained a large amount of toys and activities for the children to engage in. Maya was surrounded by children a few years younger than her, and only had a few other 6 year olds to play with. Over the course of the two hours I was there, I observed Maya transition from activity to activity while interacting with children of varied ages. As I observed Maya, it was clear that her actions correlated well with certain theories of development we have …show more content…
The one that stuck out to me most prominently was his Mesosystem theory. This theory states that the interconnections between the individual’s family and their relationship with their teacher has an influence on their development. The way that Maya expressed this specific theory was when she was explaining what she has been learning in school. She discussed with me that she has been learning the alphabet, numbers, and how to count money. She also told me that these were skills she was not able to do the previous year when she was only in preschool. In addition, this situation correlates back to the theory because it proves that her kindergarten teacher had a significant influence on her cognitive …show more content…
Theories such as these have major impacts on the way individuals grow and observe the world around them. The first theory created by Kohlberg has an obvious place in a child’s development. The main theory is based on gender knowledge and that each individual’s gender remains constant. Along with this, it also teaches the child their roles as a member of society based on their gender. Another influence this theory can have on a child’s development is learning what is acceptable in society based on their specific gender. Although, when they grow older they may not agree with society, but they learn to accept the norm. The second theory I discussed also impacts a child’s development and how they grow. This theory is based on ecological system in which a child interacts. Although I only discussed one of the five stages, all of them have a part in influencing the development of an individual. For example, a child’s home life can greatly affect the way they grow up and how they act in the community. This can also tie in with another stage of the theory that involves the interaction of a child’s school life, parent’s workplace, and their socio economic

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