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Visit 5. FAR investigations For this visit I had chosen for Connor to choose a range of different activities to do, from this I will be able to learn more about his different preferences. For this I had prepared a questionnaire for Connor to answer.

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Visit 5 Thursday October 30th 2008 Connors Home 3 years and 2 months 1hour and 30 minutes Aims and Planning For this visit, I planned to do some activities that are based on my FAR of play, at the end of my last visit I had asked Connor to think of or write down some fun playful activities that he likes to do so we can do them in this visit. I'm guessing Connor will have chosen activities such as playing with cars, colouring and watching television. With this I can observe his fine and gross motor skills. I can also observe his listening skills once again and see if anything has changed, progressed or depleted in his development of any areas like any other visit. This visit will give me a chance to see Connor use more of his own opinions and more of his initiative hence intellectual development. This visit will also show me more about Connors independence as a young child. If Connor chooses to do some activities such as stacking building blocks then I can monitor and see how many bocks he can stack in a singular tower. If he chooses lego then I can see what he naturally decides to build and see how much of a creative instinct he has. Basically anything that he chooses to shows his imaginative thinking and creative thinking and even intellectual thinking because asking him to think of activities that he wants to do makes him think about all the different aspects of the activities he likes and why he will want to do them, making his mind work just by thinking of something fun to do. ...read more.

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I asked Connor which activity he would like to do first and he shrugged his shoulders at first so I repeated the activities he had listed and asked again which of the activities did he want to do most, Connor then replied as to Lego. I think he chose that activity because he wanted to make something to show me. Connor and I brought out the box of Lego and emptied it on the floor in the living room. I then asked what Connor would like to make with the Lego, he replied by first pondering for a moment with umm, but then to say he would like to build houses and cars. So we decided to make different coloured houses like in the television show Balamory. Connor and I then started to divide up the colours of lego to make it easier to build the houses, once we had finished dividing the colours we then started to build a house. The house we started to build was in blue bricks because Connor said blue was his favourite colour. So we started to build a blue house, Connor was creating the left side I and was creating the right. Connor thought we should put some rooms in the house too so we built a bedroom and then added windows and doors and continued to build up and then the roof. Connor knew how to build a roof and I did not so Connor instructed me as to how to construct one well, this made him feel more confident in his intelligence. ...read more.

Conclusion

Though when he had completed a piece of work like the lego houses he would get praise from both me, his mother and his sister Amy, He would then beam with bride and self confidence showing and would look very happy with his finished result and with himself overall, He wasn't at any time upset or frustrated. Social Development Connor is always a little shy when I first arrive but then soon enough gets used to me and felt more comfortable. Connor would go on to tell me about his day when I asked and talk casually about any other things. Conclusions I found like all others that this visit went very well. Connor seemed to enjoy the Lego and cars activity he had noted down for a choice of activities he would have liked to do that day and showed that his fine motor skills are very good. Evaluation of FAR investigation Connors answers to my questions show that he wasn't really that interested in what I was talking about, even though he did answer as well as he could. I felt that Connor enjoys both fine and gross motor skills which is a positive step for development. By Connors short answers it shows me that he is more of a creative learning child than an intellectual learning child, what I mean by this is that Connor probably learns best by doing rather than being told or reading about it. Connor likes fun activities with action sometimes according to his answer to my last question on the sheet which shows that he probably pays more attention to the bigger aspects of a game rather than the smaller ones. ...read more.

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