ECE 2, Anecdotal Observation
Keira, age 6, Crosscreek Malibu Country Mart Playground, 2-2:30 p.m.,September 9th.
Observation Site: Malibu Country Mart Playground. The playground is set in the center of an outdoor shopping mall, It consists of 4 play structures total. Two swing sets with 6 seats at each end of the playground. One swingset is equiped with infant seats and the other with regular seats, A play center with 2 slides, ramps to climb, and sections to play inside of. The last play structure is a short set of yellow monkey bars. The playground is a rectangle shape 2ft deep full of sand and approx 20 x 60ft. A large red hammerhead scultpture is next to the playground, great playful visual stimulation.
"Keira" a girl who appears to be approximatly 6 years old enters the playground accompanied by 3 adults and her older sister, the strong family presence and way in which they were engaging with her on the playground is what caused me to start observing her.
2pm: Keira and her sister run while smiling and laughing to the swingset and start trying to swing. Keira's grandmother and grandfather both help push the girls on the swings and instruct them on how to pump their legs to get moving by themself, joining them on swings to demonstrate how to kick their legs out and back in to gain momentum while Keira's mom goes into a nearby store.
2:10: Keira is trying new things out on the swings giving suggestions to her sister to try. Keira shares how it feels to her sister, "Swing with your eyes closed and put your head down. Doesnt that feel scary?" Keira laughs outloud and screams when she puts her head back. Keira continues this for 10 minutes becoming more creative, she is throwing her head back looking up, swinging sideways, trying out different sensations created by how she swings. "Grandma, you're upside down!" Keira says her head upside down looking back at her grandmother. "Now you look silly sideways!" tilting her head