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Observation Of Two Children Essay

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Part I: Paper: Encouraging Social Skills in Young Children: Tips Teachers Can Share with Parents.Subjects: Two children were observed and compared. One child is a boy who is 4 years old; the other child is a girl and is 3 years old.Setting: The observation took place in my house in the living room. There are many toys lying around for the children to play with. The only people that are in the room are I, the two children, and their mother. I asked the mother to stay in the room so the children aren?t too uncomfortable.Methodology: There were a couple of activities that were used to demonstrate how the children interacted with each other and others that are around them. I give Muhammad an action figure and tell him that we are going to play ghost inside the toy house. We both start to play ghost and Aliah walks over to both of us and asks ?Can I play house please please?? I look at Muhammad and as him, ?Muhammad, what do you think, do u think we should let your sister play?? He looks at me and says ?she can play but only if we play ghost,? I ask Aliah, ?Do u want to play ghost with house?? Aliah smiles and nods her yes and says yes. Muhammad actually walks up to her and gives her a kiss and says to her ?play with us, ok?? Aliah looks at him and starts to play with us. I am very interested to know what would have happened if these children were not siblings of each other. It is interesting to note that interaction between siblings and non- siblings are probably very different from each other. I believe that Muhammad doesn?t hesitate too much to ask his sister to play with us because he is very familiar of whom she is. I came up with the idea of the ghost game from the research article on page 3.Results: The response that I recorded was what I expected. The reason is that these children are not strangers to each other so I expect them to play with each other. So when I asked Muhammad if we could let his sister play he of course said yes, had it been a stranger the results might have been much different. For example, in the article two girls are playing ghost with each other and a girl who no one knows asks to play with them. One of the girls completely shuts her out while the other girl just sits and agrees with her. What is interesting is that the girl that came over does not just give in and leave she tries to use alternative methods to try to play with these other girls. She improvises and says she?ll be the witch, both girls agree and they all start to play together. This is the difference between the article and what I had observed. Had both girls known the other girl they probably wouldn?t even try to shut her out they would have allowed her to play with them without her having to go through a process. Muhammad has been around his sister for the last three years so he is comfortable with her and knows that they are playmates not enemy?s. Aliah did not try to disrupt or change our play this is probably one of the main reasons why she was...

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