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AB attends a reception class Monday to Friday 8:55 am till 3:10 pm. She has one older brother who attends high school. The aim for this observation is to assess AB's stage of linguistic development in relation to developmental

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Rationale The child I am going to observe for this project is called AB (AB is her real name initials to protect her identity). She is a five year four month old girl. I am planning to observe her at her home under usual circumstances. AB attends a reception class Monday to Friday 8:55 am till 3:10 pm. She has one older brother who attends high school. The aim for this observation is to assess AB's stage of linguistic development in relation to developmental norms and the Stepping Stones. The method I will be using is verbatim, which is where everything that the child/children say is written down exactly as they say it). All early years practitioners have to carry out a wide range of observations and assessment on the following is a few reasons why: * To check a child's overall development * To see if a child is progressing * To help planning * To evaluate activities, routines or strategies used with children * To learn more about a child's particular needs * To resolve a particular problem * To report accurately to parents * To report to other professionals Tassoni and Beith (2002) This observation on language development is only based on the linguistic area there are many other areas such as listening, facial expressions and drawing. It is important for children to develop linguistically because it's the main form of communication. ...read more.

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Mum: "AB, V is here" V: "Shall we go upstairs?" AB: "Yeh I've just got to get something" Conclusions The aim of this observation was to assess AB's stage of linguistic development in relation to developmental norms and the Stepping Stones. AB was five years five months at the time of the observation. She was observed during a structured period of time and the method I used was the verbatim method. AB could use language to recount who she does and doesn't play with and for what reason. "I play with him sometimes he's the only boy I sometimes play with" and "I never play with AF because he always wants to play old games" AB also asked a lot of questions and talked about her friends quite frequently showing good social communication skills with children and adults. Tassoni and Beith (2002 p210) state that between four and eight years old a child normally starts to enjoy using language as a mean of recounting what they have done and start to enjoy using language as a mean of socialising with others. AB therefore shows a good competency of this skill as she can recount well about things that have happened and do happen. She also shows the ability of conversing with children and adults she knows easily. AB I believe is therefore at the expected stage of development for her age. ...read more.

Conclusion

If I was to use this method again to record language I may seek help in the form of a cassette recorder because it was difficult to note everything that was said. Generally my observation went as planned although AB did talk to me and ask questions, which I also noted. I wasn't expecting this but overall I did not influence her in any way therefore not affecting the observation. An alternate method I could have used would be a checklist method. Where I would have chosen certain criteria and watched her over a longer period of time and marked whether she had completed it or not. This would have also left me room to further note down points about what she was saying. I have improved my knowledge and understanding of using the verbatim method and how I can improve it to benefit myself. I have also learnt more about linguistic development and the stages that it involves. I have learnt that although language development seems to just be about speaking there are a lot more areas such as reading, writing and drawing. I also have learnt more about how activities can promote children's linguistic skills. I have a better understanding of how all of the areas of learning are closely linked together; I can also see where B F Skinner's theory associates with this. ...read more.

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