Ten minute child's observation
Aim: To do a ten minute time sample observation of a child engaged in a play activity. Date of observation: 29 11 2011
Observation started: 9.55
Observation completed: 10.05
Child's Initials: AW
Date of Birth or Age: 4 years 5 months Legend: Child observed = AW
Other girl = E
SG = small group
P= pair of children
SOL = alone
During the observation I did, AW was engaged in play all the time. She was playing with other children most of time. She is confidently interacting with other children while playing. She speaks clearly, in simple sentences. Asks simple questions. In ten minutes time she used even five areas in the nursery; so she’s very confident in there. Also, she doesn’t like staying in one area for a long time and she engages in imaginative play. Interested in shapes while in gluing activity. From this observation, I can tell that she has a good social skills, but, also, that she likes to dominate and tell other children what to do. Plays very well with E, likes to spend time with her, but sometimes doesn’t want to take turns.
In a construction area, going to play hide and seek.
AW ® E 'see if you can find me.'
E ® AW 'I'm sure I will'
AW is going to find some place where to hide, E is not looking. 9.56
In construction area hiding under the table.
AW is hiding and E is trying to find her looking in all the nursery areas. 9.57
In house corner - AW is hiding in the wardrobe
AW has changed area, E didn’t notice her. Finally E finds AW in the wardrobe. AW is very happy. 9.58
AW ® E ‘can you please turn the music o?’
E ® AW ‘sure, I can’
AW is in music corner together with E again. She has a suitcase full of things. She found a remote control and gave it to E. 9.59
Whispering to each other
AW and E are hiding behind the armchair and...
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