The date of my observation was April 27th, 2010. It was about 9:30 in the morning when I began my study. I went to Grossmont College’s Child Development Center. The first thing I began looking for was if the child-teacher ratio was correct. The child ratio was 2 teachers to about every 8 children. The ratio was good. As I entered there was one large room that almost looked as if it could be two rooms they way it was set up. One half consisted of a large bookshelf with numerous books on it with a couch in the front of it. The other half of the room was almost like a little kitchen. It had a table with chairs around it with a sink and cabinets behind it. There were “age appropriate” toys as well as books all over the room. The areas were both clean and seemed to have no safety hazards. I then walked outside to find almost like a little wonderland for kids. It was so amazing. There was tons of stuff for children to explore and to expand their imaginations. There was a dirt path that went around the children’s whole play area, which was occupied by children riding their tricycles. Then to the right side of the play area there was a huge jungle gym and some play kitchen sets. I observed about 2 teachers that were outside and again 8 children. The teachers outside seemed very respectful towards the children. It was very equal from what I observed. The teachers were very interactive with the children and very helpful when needed. My first impression of “cultural diversity,” I would say that based on just children outside; there are a good mix of Caucasian, Mexican, African-American, and Asians. There seemed to be an equal amount of girls versus boys. The center was kind of hectic but was handled very well by all staff. After observing my surroundings for a minute or two one little girl caught my eye. She reminded me a lot of my two year old just based of her looks and her personality. She seemed to be very outgoing and very into what she was doing. When I saw her she was painting at a table outside with two other children. She was using a plastic spoon instead of paintbrush. She was very into what she was doing and that really caught my eye.
I chose a 5 year old girl named Addison. Her birthday is February 13th, 2005. She is about 43 inches tall. She definitely seems taller than the other children around her. She appears to be on the thinner side as well weighing no more than 40 pounds. I would guess that she is African-American mixed with maybe Mexican or Caucasian. She is wearing a purple sparkle tie-dye t-shirt with black legging Capri pants. She has on sparkly sketcher shoes on with white ankle socks. Her feet also appear to be bigger than all the children around her. Her hair is VERY curly and the color is a light brown with even some blonde tones to it. She is wearing her hair down but has a matching purple headband in. She has straight teeth from what I could see, very little ears, and her head seems proportionate to her body. I chose Addison because my daughter is also mixed with black and she really just caught my eye. She seemed very bright and intelligent for her age. BIOSOCIAL DOMAIN
Addison appears to be very healthy. Addison’s growth as far as height seems to be right on target according to (Berger 8th edition page 222). Addison is 5 years old and is about 43 inches tall. She does seem taller than all the other children but she is actually right on target. She is at the point that all 5 years get to where their body mass index, or BMI, is at its lowest than it would be at any other age in her lifespan (Berger 8th edition pg. 221). “Each year from 2-6 the average well-nourished child adds almost 3 inches each year” (Berger 8th edition pg.222). By the age of six the average child weighs about 46 pounds and is 46 inches tall (Berger 8th edition pg. 222). Addison’s height fits right into the criteria, as well as her weight. A typical 6 year...