Importance Of Observation In A Capital Area Head Start

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I had the privilege to observe in a Capital Area Head Start program pre-kindergarten classroom. This was quite an eye-opening, and valuable learning experience because of the level of diversity that goes on in one of these classrooms. Head Start is a federally funded program that aids low socioeconomic status families in giving their children a safe, learning environment up to two years before they go into the public school setting. Capital Area Head Start (1998) mission statement is “to provide a comprehensive child development program, designed to give children a head start in life, so they can succeed at home, school, and in the community.” These classrooms are focused on the whole child; their physical, social-emotional, and cognitive …show more content…
The teachers have made it part of the daily routine, that once the students arrive in the classroom, they sign in they put their stuff away and then they wash their hands before beginning learning. About an hour later, the students have breakfast which always consists of grains, fruit, and milk. These are all healthy choices made to demonstrate what a healthy diet should consist of. Before any food gets touched by the students, or teachers another round of hand washing occurs. Then after a family style meal setting, where all the food is carefully passed around by the students, and interaction between the students and the teacher occurs, talking about their day, or what they might do after the day, which grows their language development and builds a positive relationship with the teacher, the students all brush their teeth. This is very important because it teaches them another healthy habit of brushing their teeth, which they do after lunch as well, but because of the background that these children come from, it could be the only time that they do get to brush their teeth, or at least taught how to brush their teeth. The children will wash their hands two more times throughout the five hours that they are in the classroom, once after playing outside, developing gross and fine motor skills, and then before lunch. Health and safety should always be the number one concern in any environment …show more content…
Dewey remarked (1898 p.78) “that school must represent present life, life is real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.” Dewey and the Head Start program agree when it comes to that quote, and allow for the students to live, and go through daily lives and emotions in the classroom. They are not forced to sit down and learn, because at that age, it would be nearly impossible for them to sit, focus and understand anything that the teacher tried to teach them. This is not because they do not want to learn, these kids really enjoyed doing what they get to do throughout the day, it is because of who they are and where they come

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