Child Study Project

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Taranjeet Chatha
Assignment #1
Human Growth & Development
Child Study Project

Child Study Project

Monitoring a child at play for 1 hour. Child behavior, normal growth and development characteristics, falling during play time noticed during the observation. The early years of a child's life are crucial for cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore, it is important that we take every step necessary to ensure that children grow up in environments where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Children grow, develop, and learn throughout their lives from birth and infancy to adulthood. Every child’s development is different and complex. They learn everything step by step; they may or may not do everything in the same way or at the same time. Every child is influenced by his or her environment and the experiences he or she has.

I observed a child for one hour while the child was playing. My neighbor Mrs. Jagge gave me permission to let me observe her 3 year old son Partap for one hour. I went to there house around 4 o’clock on Sunday evening. When I entered their house,Partap and his younger sister Hargun 3year old were already playing. First Pratap was kind of shy from me but when I started talking to him; he got comfortable around me and started playing again.

Game 1

Both siblings were already playing in the backyard.
They were passing the ball to each other. They were using a small Frisbee as well. They both were standing on the floor around 4 feet away from each other in their back yard. Partap was throwing the ball towards Hargun and than Hargun would throw it back to Partap and the role of Frisbee in game was that the Frisbee will go on the head of the person who is not able to catch the ball. Partap made that game up. They played this game for quite a while and than they got bored with it and stopped playing with ball and Frisbee and came inside the house when mother asked them to do so.

Game 2

Partap brought all four chairs of their dining table together. The all four chairs were upside down so the legs of the chair were upside and the seats were on the floor. He put the chairs all around and put a bed sheet on top of the chairs. Now the chairs were set up like a house. Both siblings were sitting inside the chairs that means inside their house. They brought few utensils such a heating pots, spoons. They were pretending that they are cooking some thing. Partap came up to me and asked me if I want a pizza and I said yes sure. He went inside the chairs and started pretending like he is making a pizza. After few minutes he came out of the chairs and said, “here pizza” and placed his empty hand in front of me. I said thank you. He went to his mom and offered her pizza. After serving the pizza he ran to family room and came back in about 2 minutes and his mom asked him why did he go? He replied, “Mango wants pizza so I went to see him.” Mango is his imaginary friend. He came back and asked me, “is it good?” and I said yes, can I have more? He replied, “No, there is no more left, come tomorrow I’ll make you more.”

Game 1 observation

Both siblings were playing together. The 3 to 4 year old exhibits cooperative play, in which a group of children can cooperate by playing out a scene together. I noticed Hargun was trying to copy Partap. Partap made that game up. He was using the ball and the Frisbee together. He engaged her little sister in the game as well. He was talking care of her by throwing the ball softly towards her. Children learn a lot from each other.

Game 2 observation

In the game 2 I noticed that Partap was doing things that his mom does. Children learn from parents, they try to do everything they see their parents are doing. According to Kohlberg, learning self-control and learning to share with others are moral tasks of early childhood. Preschoolers look carefully at parents as models of moral behavior, and the same thing is acted by the children...
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