Subject: 1.5 month old girl, daughter of a close friend.
This observation took place in the child’s home and church. For my observation, I noticed many things that were associated with class discussions in the child. I also viewed how she interacted with her mother and other children her age. During church services, I observed her through an observation window that parents use to make sure their kids are being looked after. The observations took place on Sundays because the subject’s mother and my schedule collide and we only have that day off together.
Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 9:30 am – 10:15am
Today, I am starting my observation assignment. My subject has been left off by her mother to our church nursery. Immediately, once the child is separated from her mother she begins to cry. Clearly this is an example of attachment with her mother as discussed in class. After her mother has left, the child is comforted and is given a toy. Some of the things I have noticed are that she is:
• walking around and observing other children
• copying some of what other children are doing
• taking toys away from other children
• staying close to nursery helpers
Potty Training: 11:10 – 12:45 pm
After church, my friend and I decide to eat lunch at her house. Her living room has been transformed into a playroom for her daughter. I decide to take advantage of the time we are spending together to continue to observe the child. Her mother has informed me that she has introduced the “potty” to her daughter. To get her to play with the concept she has left the potty trainer around the house so that her daughter can explore it. She has also showed her several movies about potty training. According to Sigmund Freud, the child is in the Anal Stage. I have informed me friend that it is important the she not force her daughter into learning it because it can affect her later in life. From what I have observed, the child:
• will use the potty with her diaper on
• tell her mother when she has pottied
• will move it from one area to the next
Sunday, September 17, 2006 after church at 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
After church and shopping, I decide to visit my friend again. This time I observed the child’s behaviors and development. Since she has started walking, she has now become more exploratory. She is constantly going from one place to another. She has also started learning more words and expressions. According to Piaget, the child is in the sensorimotor stage because she is exploring and is increasing her vocabulary. I noticed that she:
• tries to open doors
• can sit on chairs without falling
• will say words like mommy, my name, “papa” for hungry, no, etc
• she will say words repetitively
Feeding time has become a challenge for my friend. It usually takes at least 45 minutes or more to feed her daughter. She becomes an actress because she daughter likes to...