The Life of a Child

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Chelsie Potts
ECE 3
April 10, 2013
Life of a Child
I am writing this paper to explain the life of a school aged child. I took about 30 minutes to interview a school aged child and ask them different questions regarding their life and their time at school. The purpose of me doing this interview was to get a perspective of how things are different for different aged people. I also did this interview to look at the different developments that occur in a child’s life. In a child’s life they experience and go through so much in only a short amount of years. I am here to explain the life of the little girl I interviewed.

I interviewed a 12 year old girl named Savanna. Savanna is a Native American female born in Yuba City, CA. Savanna is in sixth grade and attends a local middle school in Yuba City, CA. She lives with her big family and speaks English on a daily basis in her home and at school. Savanna is fair skinned, has brown hair, and hazel eyes. She has many freckles on her face and arms that make her unique. Our interview took place at her house in the living room of her home. Our interview took about 30 minutes and consisted of Savanna, her sister, and I. Savanna did really well during the interview. The only problems we had were her not knowing how to answer the question or what to say back in her response. Other than that, Savanna answered each question with a good answer and she wasn’t afraid to be herself and answer truthfully.

Savanna has great physical development as I can see. She is about five foot two inches which is an average height for her age of 12 years old. As for her weight, she would be considered above average at weighing 115 pounds at 12 years old. She is at the age where she is beginning to sprout up as stated on page 238 of A Child’s World by Papalia. It states that kids go thru the stages where they slim down and then start sprouting up. Her muscles are starting to come out and she is beginning to become more active. Savanna uses her growth motor skills every day. Your gross motor skills are your physical skills that involve the large muscles in your body. (Papalia, page 241) One way Savanna uses her motor developments is by running every day at school and at home and riding her bike thru the orchard and around the house. To me, Savanna is a girl who probably uses her motor development more than her brothers and sisters. She is always outside playing sports, riding her bike, and going on runs through the orchard next to their house. Savanna is mostly an average young girl. Savanna is in the sixth grade. At school, Savanna says she plays sports during P.E and recess, eats, and reads. She doesn’t have a favorite subject at her school. Her favorite part about school is break time because she gets to hang out with her friends and play sports. Her least favorite part about school has to be waking up early and being there all day. She has many friends at her school. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and says her friends are cool. Savanna likes her friends because she has known them for a long time and they are nice people. Savanna and her friends are all into the same thing. Savanna is a very active young girl which is good because she is using her motor development. Savanna isn’t like every other girl. Most girls hate getting dirty and don’t do things that the boys do. As for her, she is the opposite. She loves getting dirty, digging, and hanging out with the boys. As shown on page 320 of A Child’s World by Papalia, Savanna is the girl that would play like the rough and tumble play. The rough and tumble play is a vigorous play involving wrestling, hitting, and chasing, often accompanied by laughing and screaming.

When it comes to Cognitive development Piaget’s theory is a good source to look at. Piaget has three stages for middle aged children like Savanna herself. The stage that fits Savanna’s age group would be Piaget’s third stage. The third stage states that at 12 years old they...
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