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Child development - visit 3

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Visit 3 Date: 24.11.04 Time: 4:45 - 7:00 Age: 4 years 4 months Place: Zack's house People Present: Zack and I Aims and planning From what I have seen of Zack, reading is a very important and enjoyable part of his day, which will help him develop intellectually, so today I am going to observe Zack's listening skills and his reading skills. I will observe these skills by monitoring him whilst I read him a story called "Billy's Beetle" (which has been read to him on numerous occasions by his father) and an unknown story called "Our Puppies Holiday." I will observe his reading skills while he reads a book called "Ben's stories." Expectations According to "Child Care & Education" by Marian Beaver, young children in particular, derive great pleasure in being told stories and I have no doubt that Zack will enjoy the story. It also says that, children will want the same books repeated over and over again. Therefore I expect him to be more enthusiastic about "Billy's Beetle." During my introductory visit I found out that Zack vastly enjoys reading. I consequently expect him not to lose concentration especially with the story he is familiar with. ...read more.


Then Zack began to read "Ben's Stories," he admitted his dislike for reading and asked if I could read it for him. Whilst reading he struggled and was below the norm for someone of his age because "An illustrated guide for children," explains that at the age of 4 children should be able to read simple words such as "hat" and "cat". Zack's mother confirmed my assumption and told me that he was still on the level 1 reading books while some of his class mates had progressed to level 2. Shortly after we began, he started to loose concentration and wanted to go downstairs to watch TV, I reminded him that we still had to complete the picture - but I was forced to abide to his request of a short break after it became clear that he was deliberately rushing. Eventually we did complete the story, but due to his poor linguistic skills, Zack did not enjoy reading. Although it must noted that he did demonstrate magnificent imaginary skills and was constantly predicting what would happen next whilst listening and reading. he showed no emotions after completing the task, but was eager to go down stairs Evaluation Physical Development I studied Zack's physical development, especially his fine motor skills from this visit. ...read more.


Conclusion I was generally displeased that Zack did not enjoy colouring, yet I thought that my visit went well as I learnt a selection of new things about Zack, I also genuine believe that today's visit will facilitate his learning. I was also able to study the aspects of Zack's development which I wanted on this visit. Zack co-operated well with me as I predicted, but the picture was challenging, possibly too difficult for him. To make Zack feel better, I felt the need to praise his work in order for him to feel pride and satisfaction rather than disappointment and frustration, this was recommended by "Child Care and Education" and increased both his confidence and self esteem. I observed his fine motor skills while colouring, which he didn't manage immensely and failed to meet "A Practical Guide To Child Development's" hypothesis that a 4 or 5 year old child should be able to express their knowledge accurately using a picture. While monitored his imaginative skills throughout, I was intrigued that he was experimenting and exploring with colours as expected according to "Child Development." I think that his imaginative skills are quite well developed for his age, possibly because he watches his two older brother's draw on regular bases. I will observe Zack again to see if his imaginative and physical skills develop. ...read more.

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