Preschool Observation Paper

3118 Words Dec 8th, 2010 13 Pages

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
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232). Most kids are walking well before the age of 2 (pg. 232 table 8.1). She dried her hands after she was done and then walked over to another area where she sat down with two other girls that were playing with different types of blocks.

COGNITIVE DOMAIN According to Piaget, there are four characteristics of thinking in the early childhood years from 2-6 and with all of them put together it makes the whole logic process difficult. Addison showed me a very distinct example of one of these characteristics. Addison and two girls were playing with what seemed to be wooden blocks and some plastic LEGO animals. Addison was matching the animals and connecting them together and as she was doing that she spoke up and told one of the girls “Tigers aren’t related to lions.” This is an example of centration, which is the tendency to focus on one aspect of a situation to the exclusion of all others (Berger 8th edition pg. 250). We also have Vygotsky’s theory that all children don’t fall under the self-centered aspects of the cognition dominated descriptions of early childhood. He emphasizes on the other side of the “social” aspect of a young child’s cognition (Berger 8th edition pg. 253). Addison showed an example of his theory as well. When Addison was painting she says to the teacher “look teacher I made purple with my hands and it matches my shirt!” She showed an example of apprentice in thinking, Vygotsky’s term for a

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