Developmental Focus

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Developmental Focus

Sabrina M. Sanchez
CDFS 210
Purdue University
December 4, 2009

For this assignment I choose to focus on the Early Childhood stage of human development. My observation began just before Thanksgiving break at the child care center I work at in Park Forest, IL. I choose a female student enrolled in our Kindergarten program, age five named Trinity. Throughout the observation, I focused on the following three main characteristics: empathy development, advances in peer sociability and early childhood literacy. The early childhood stage of human development is an area I have always been interested in learning as much as I could about. I have always found children’s cognitive abilities to be amazing and originally went into the early childhood field to become an educator however, in the process discovered my passion for observing and learning how and why children did specific things. I also focused on the early childhood stage to gain even more insight of this stage through observing actual children rather than just reading their typical characteristics from a book.I began my observation of Trinity on Monday November 16, 2009. Due to the fact that I work at the center she attends, I was able to observe her multiple times participating in a variety of activities on a daily basis. During my initial observation, I found Trinity to be a seemingly happy child, somewhat shy but very independent. In the classroom, she had another female friend that she played with most of the time. They usually played in the dramatic play area, in which Trinity usually pretended to be some type of mother role. She very actively gave instructions on how to play house and seemed to be the leader of the group. On one occasion, I observed Trinity become upset with another male student for taking an apron from another student (her close friend) in an attempt to play with them. I...
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