Jacklyn Coleman Cd: 10G (the early years)
Section 1:) Setting:
This observation is taking place at the child’s home, more specifically, in Santa Clara California, and in the Living room, of their two bedrooms, and 1 bathroom home. They currently live in a transitional housing program for teenage mothers run by Wilson center. Describing the child:
Dariyana Marie is a 21 month old female toddler. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and very curly and short hair reaching only to about 2 inches above the top of her head. She is pigeon toed and she has trouble walking, but she is not bothered by it at all. The mother however is concerned. She is walking and talking quite a lot for her age. She is saying ‘I love you’, ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ very clearly. She is about 25 pounds and 41 inches tall, and she appears as a healthy little girl. It is Tuesday July 6th of 2010, and it is currently 6:40 pm. The current season is summertime, and this Observation should be ending at around 7: 30pm. The toddler’s name, as mentioned above, is Dariyana. She is around 19 months old, is walking, talking, and attempting to sing.
The Physical setting at the child’s home in the living room, includes creativity all around the room, wall art, very few family photos, a very stained couch, a coffee table with cushions surrounding the edges, for safety, a computer table but a computer that does not work, a recliner chair, a big TV, a bookshelf filled with books, lots of them baby books, two shelves of Cd's, a coat rack, or a jacket holder thingy as her 17 year old roommate is calling it, and a small movie shelfwith only few movies on it. The Baby things around the room consist of as follows: there is a baby bouncer, a baby swing, a playpen, a baby changing table, (although that isn’t for Dariyana. She is not the only baby in the house), and a diaper genie. It isn’t very homey or family oriented, however, there is a 10 gallon water jug that is being saved for Dariyana’s college fund in the corner of the living room. There is quite bit of Dirtiness around the house. The dirty part of the setting: There is food lying around everywhere. The doors are wide open and bugs are coming in, and flies are flying around. There is also dirty music videos’ playing on the television, showing nakedness, cursing, and ignorance. There are dirty cups, and soda cans sitting on the coffee table and a dirty roommate. There aren’t many toys present, and the very few toys that are in the visible area are noisy, have bright lights and high pitched voices. Due to the fact that this observation is being done in the child’s home, there aren’t any other children that are around to be observed except one. Briana’s roommate, Coralyn and her newborn baby Javeah-Starr. She is a 2 month old infant, but there isn’t very much that I have observed considering she really doesn’t do much, but coo, cry, poop, and spit.
Family background and the number of adults who are present in Dariyana’s life: The father Darius, is African American, and Age 21. The Mom, Briana is Mexican, and African American. Dariyana is Briana’s first baby. The couple has been split up since Dariyana was born. The father is mildly involved but the mother has said several times over phone conversations, that she doesn’t really want him around. She says that he is a bad influence and drops in and out of Dariyana’s life whenever he pleases. There is a 1:1 ratio for the toddler, due to the fact that only the mother is the only parent that is seriously involved, but there are many adults involved in the baby’s life such as Aunts, cousins, uncles, two grandmas, and two grandpas, many family friends, and few neighbors. Coming from the African American heritage and background, Briana states that she is determined to keep Dariyana looking as clean,...