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To observe Lydia during a creative "choosing" session. I will try to observe her development levels and record how she interacts with other children and the adults around her.

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Observation 5: Lydia - creative. 27th July 2002 10:45 2nd session - choosing Aim To observe Lydia during a creative "choosing" session. I will try to observe her development levels and record how she interacts with other children and the adults around her. Setting The primary school, in which I am working in, is situated on a campus with a sports centre, a community school and a 6th form college. It has 6 junior classes and 3 infant classes. There is a class room assistant and a teacher for each class. On a Thursday and a Friday there are 2 students working in the infants. There are a various number of parent helpers in on different days of the week. Lydia is 6 years 11mths old and is in yr. 2. She has just completed her SATS. She is in the 1st (higher) set for math and in the 2nd (middle) set for literacy. She has many friends and enjoys school, learning new things. Lydia has 3 friends who she usually plays with and works with in class. They are all girls and all in year 2. Hannah, Shannell Erica and Lydia always do the same activity even if they don't all agree. ...read more.

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She tests a bit then starts to paint on her picture. She adds small brown dots for freckles. "Err... looks kinda icky." "What's icky Lydia?" "Yucky, gross you know, it looks like someone has been sick all over her face!" Hannah and Shannell start to laugh and Lydia smiles but they stop when they realises that Erica doesn't paticualy like the idea of having a face which looks like someone's been sick on. For a few seconds Erica looks closely at the picture. After a little pause she starts to giggle too. Every1 else joins in. "It's only the picture Erica; your face doesn't look like someone's been sick. It's a very good effort Lydia. Well done. And you too Hannah, are we going to finish after break? " They reply in a chorus of "Yeah!" "Ok then girls take of your aprons, wash your hands and wash your paintbrushes. We'll finish straight after break." Learning for me I learnt a lot from with class 1 / 2 K and this was a typical session. Everyone in the class has different view on things and even though there are definant social groups every one is friends with everyone else. The teachers and other staff need to practice anti-discriminatory and anti-bias practice. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lydia has strong determination and as a consequence she always does her best. In this observation I discovered that Lydia has a good knowledge and under standing of what goes on around her, she has good common sense and is good at problem solving. She had trouble with math but when it has been explained to her in more detail she found it easier to understand and now is in the top of her class. She enjoys reading and can read whole paragraphs with feeling and expression. She is at the correct development levels for the average 7 yr. old which is good, as she is not yet 7. Lydia is in the concrete operational stage which means she is beyond the other 6 year olds in her class, who are in the pr-operational stage. J. Piaget sates that cognitive structures change through the processes of adaptation: assimilation and accommodation. Cognitive development consists of a constant effort to adapt to the environment in terms of assimilation (interpreting events in the present) and accommodation (events in a changing cognitive structure.) In his stages of development Piaget states that children of the concrete operational stage can think in a logical way but their thinking depends upon concrete sources. Lydia does this in most of the activities and tasks that she has to face. She thinks for her self if given the correct encouragement. ...read more.

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