Child Observation

Topics: Child development, Developmental psychology, Theory of cognitive development Pages: 11 (3253 words) Published: October 28, 2013


Jacqueline L. Montgomery

Table of Contents

1. Permission slip 3
2. Developmental Checklist 4-5
3. Journal Entry #1 6-8
4. Report on Journal Entry #1 8-9
5. Journal Entry #2 10-13

6. Report on Journal Entry #2 13-14

7. Evaluation Report 15-18

8. Results/Summary 19-20

9. Suggestions for further development 21

10. Drawings 22

Permission slip:

Developmental Checklist (page 1):

Developmental checklist (page 2):

Journal Entry #1:


Peter Pan (not real name) is a 3 ½ year old child of average or a little above in height and in weight. I observed him at his home on February 10th beginning at 1:00pm and lasting until 4:00pm.
When I arrived at his home he was shoveling snow with his dad, and he was using a little red shovel that was just his size. I waved to him and said “hi!” and he leaned on his shovel with his left hand and waved to me with his right hand, like he was a “cool guy.” He showed me inside, and we got all of our snow gear off and went up the stairs. He kind of walked and crawled up the stairs, but I think he was just trying to show off. He brought me right to a computer key board that wasn’t attached to a computer or anything; it was just there for him to play with. His mom says he likes to pretend he is sending people messages. He sat me down on the couch and said, “You have this side of da tailboard and I have dis side.” We played on that for awhile, pretending that we were sending mail, but then we got talking about lions and he said, “lions roar really loud, but I tant show you how loud cause my brover is sleeping.” His brother was taking a nap, so we couldn’t be too loud. After we talked about lions for a little while, he got really scared and said, “Oh no! There’s a lion in do they board!” He threw the keyboard down and took me to his room where he got a toy gun out and said, “We dot to go get him! You fodow me and I will protet you wid dis (he held up his gun)!” I said, “Ok”, and we stealthily walked out of his bedroom to go find the lion.

Later we went outside to play in the snow. He enjoyed picking up the snow with his shovel and throwing it at me. All of us got cold very quickly though, and we went inside after about 15-20 min.

When we got back inside we started coloring and drawing. He said, “You draw what I draw, ok?” I said “Ok.” I noticed that he always started out with a diagonal short line, but by the time he was done the page was covered with circles, squares, and many other odd looking lines and shapes. After we finished with his paper, I asked him if he would copy the things that I drew, and he said yes. He was able to draw the capital letters B, L, and C, but his attention span ended very quickly.

We started to read books after he was done drawing. He picked out a couple of his favorite books, and he was able to read some of them from memory. The last book that we read was one about a snow day. The child in the book decided to put snow in his pocket and save it so it wouldn’t ever go away. When I asked Peter pan what he thought would happen to the snow, he replied with, “Tourn into chocolate!” I started to giggle, but then I figured it was a very imaginative assumption.

The last thing we did was play the Pass the Pigs game. I did not think that Peter Pan was going to play for very long, but he was actually very into the game. He made decisions on whether to roll again or pass the pigs on, and he remained very attentive until the game was over.

Report on Peter Pan for 2/10/08:
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