Essay on Observation Behavior in Children

736 Words Apr 10th, 2016 3 Pages
For my observation, I observed a Preschool classroom during the mid-day. There were 5 children in the class all together, and two teachers. two children were sitting with a teacher coloring and pointing to images and the other three were playing while the teacher supervised. The children were preschool aged and seemed to all be around 2-4 years of age. The three children that were playing were the ones I focused on, specifically a boy, let’s call him John. John was sitting with one girl and another boy playing with two toy cars and some bricks built up like a tower. John seemed to be the leader of the group. He was a little bigger than both children and his communication skills seemed to be far more advanced. While the other children …show more content…
John seemed more advanced than the other two children because of how he was communicating expressively. While the other two children were mainly using telegraphic speech, or two word sentences, John was communicating in a much more complex manner. While the other two children still seemed to fully understand what John was saying, it is likely that that were just not able or did not feel the need to communicate in such complex sentences. Although it is not just receptive language abilities that develop in young infants. Children begin communicating at a very young age through the use of sounds and then nonverbal cues. Although they cannot form the words to communicate what they want they use other means to help adults understand, such as pointing to what they want, or crying when a parent turns off their favorite television show. The production of sounds in the first year of life follows an orderly, four stage sequence. (Parke & Gauvain). At birth, children begin crying. They use this as an important means to indicate distress or discomfort. At about 1 month, children begin cooing, which is a infant’s production of vowel like sounds. In the middle of their first year, children then being babbling, which is a production of strings of consonant-vowel combinations such as

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