The observation project component consisted of ten hours, two hours per age grouping. I selected four different settings and enjoyed my time at each place. Each location and setting is different as well as teaching styles.
When I observed an infant room at the King’s College Early Learning Center, I was in awe over how well the childcare providers as well as how the classroom is setup. Most importantly I enjoyed my time with the infants. While I was in the room there were 6 infants, most of the infants were not mobile but were very active in play and attempting to be mobile. While I was in this room, I focused my observation on two infants one was a four month old boy and the other infant was an eight month old girl. The four month old boy was babbling, smiling, and mouthing objects. He also was able to support his head while on his stomach and grasp toys with his hand and shake it. The eight month old girl was exhibiting all of the skills as the four month old boy although she was exhibiting other skills as well. She was banging items, sitting up on her own and also pulling up to a standing position using a shelf or another adult in the room.
The following age group I observed was older toddlers at Little Meadows Learning Center. While I was in this room there were 14 toddlers that were two years old. I was in this room for circle, free play, centers, outside time and lunch. Throughout this time the children were very active and I decided to observe two toddlers. The first toddler was a boy who turned two about a month ago. From my observations he is loving, strong hearted, likable and highly active. He does not have a large vocabulary and speaks fast. While running at times it seemed as if his feet could not keep up with how fast he wanted to go which would cause him to fall. The other child I observed was a girl who is two and a half months old. From my observations she is caring and independent. The girl that I observed enjoyed listening to books and would mimic reading her own books at times. She was also active yet would follow routine and the boundaries and expectations set by the caregiver.
I observed the preschool age group at the King’s St. Mary’s center, which went beyond my expectations. I observed one child during this time. She was welcoming and caring; she asked me my name and welcomed me into their classroom. She asked me my name and then told me hers before I could even ask. From my observations her social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills were developed. When outside she would climb, run and jump, inside she played with puzzles, cut paper and stacked blocks.
When observing school age, I decided on an afterschool program to allow me to see a variety of age groupings. I selected Little Meadows Learning Center as the center to observe...