The child I chose to observe was a 6 year old boy that I will refer to as Timmy. Timmy is an intelligent, active little boy who reportedly struggles with behavior. Timmy lives with his parents. He has two 14 year old half sisters one of each belonging to his mom and dad prior to them meeting and getting married. The sisters live in the home with Timmy part time. I observed Timmy in his afternoon childcare classroom from 10:55am-11:55am. The classroom was spacious with large windows along one of the walls over looking the playground. The remainder of the walls displayed art work created by the children. The room had clearly defined centers such as a Writing center with pencils, colored paper and pumpkin shaped paper punchers. A Library with two small couches, a house plant and an assortment of books. A Sensory center with orange water, small real pumpkins and circle shaped measuring utensils. A Block center with cars, a long wooden ramp, safety glasses and large brick blocks. The classroom also had Dramatic play, Art, Group and Science centers.
I began my observation of Timmy when he returned to childcare after attending Kindergarten at a nearby public school. It had been a half day at school so Timmy and his other classmates arrived at 10:45am. Timmy came into his classroom at 10:55am. He immediately noticed his teacher. He ran over and greeted her with a big hug, his teacher was very receptive and welcomed Timmy to class. She then asked him how his day at school was before she was bombarded by many other hellos and Timmy walked away. Timmy then headed over to see what the children were involved in over at the table. He stood at the table asking one of the children a “5 year old boy” what he was making. The little boy appeared to be emerged in creating something with paper, glue, markers and white crayons. The boy answered Timmy by saying “I’m making a spider.” Timmy replied to the boy “I wanna make one.” Timmy then ran over to his... [continues]
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