The growth of a child involves several aspects such as cognitive, speech, and even emotional development. While there is a physical aspect of growth and development that can be observed, there are still others that one cannot be found but can be inferred. For instance, they can understand the cognitive development of the child by seeing how they respond to stimuli and even how they coordinate issues. In this observation, the focus is to be able to see all these aspects of growth and development in a child
The settings for this observation is the room that has several things including, drawing papers, crayons, molding materials, playing tools and furniture. The place is well lit with natural lighting and ensures that the child has enough room to move around. There is no destruction in the room such as TV and any electronics. This is the room that can help the child to show their learning skills without the impact of other distractors. The observation took place between 11 am and 1 pm.
Since the observation was taking place within the study room, many things were arranged. The drawing material was kept on one side, and the plating material such as toys was placed on a different side. This was to ensure that the child might not mix up the learning with play. The furniture that was in the room includes the seats, study table, drawing table, and some seats. I was in the place with the mother and child.
The child is aged four years old and had already started going to kindergarten. She is a blonde haired charming little girl with a cute smile. She was very playful all the time and seemed to be interested in everything around her. She could grab things and play with them most of the times. She was wearing a Cinderella pink dress with her hair tied into two notes.
The child displayed elaborate cognitive skills. In one of the situations, the crayon that she was using stopped working. She immediately put it down and picked the other crayon. In another scenario, she was supposed to get candy from some baby toy candy dispenser. For her to get the candy, she had to place a specific color into the machine for it to come out. I was amazed that she mastered the yellow color that she was supposed to put into the baby toy machine for it to produce the candy. I realized that her ability to solve problems was very high and I did not expect that from a child of her age.
The child showed a good mastery of language though with some difficulty in making clear pronunciations of some words. She could quickly answer questions when asked and provide a response that showed her understanding of the conversation. She could easily mix both verbal and non-verbal communication in her language. For instance, at one point I asked her what color was her dress, and she pointed to the crayon that was pink in color. I also asked her to tell me something about her mother, and she said that her mother is beautiful. She looked cheerful when I told her that her drawing was beautiful. For a private speech, I noticed that after drawing and for a while she put the drawing material away and went to get the toys. She showed some form of boredom.
The child did not show good mastery and regulation of her emotions. When she was tired with the books and drawing material, she kept on throwing them away even when the mother tried to coax her into pulling and matching pictures with names. At one point she took the drawing book and tore it. This was to show that she was upset and did not want anything to do with them.
The child seemed to be very playful during the process. When I got into the house, and the mother came to get the door for me, she came along and greeted me. I asked her the name, and she told me that she was Krista. During the time she seemed happy and elated to show me the drawings that she had made. Interacting with her was interesting.
Physical and Motor Development
The child was waking well and did not have any difficulties grabbing things and using them. She was already walking with much easy and did not find any challenge standing up. She could quickly move from one point of the room when she needed something without any troubles. She seemed to have a good mastery of her environment judging from the ease with which she was able to find things around the room.
Activities of Daily Living
The child told her mother that she felt hungry and that she needed food. Her mother got her some milk, and she seemed to take it with much ease. She did not seem to need any help eating her food. She did not also seem to find it a challenge to go to the washroom although her mother had to help her in removing her clothes
One thing that struck me about the child is how she seemed to have mastered stuff around her, and she was good at communicating. It was evident that she did not seem to have a fear interacting with people (Roshanfekr et al. 90). She looked calm and happy being around me. I did not expect her to have such ease with me.
One of the insights I got is that toddlers seem to develop some social skills and emotional skills quite early. I realized that at that age she was still able to communicate and request for the things that she needed.
The observation reflects some of the class teachings on the ages of development of a child. At this age, the children have some social and emotional skills, but they are not yet fully developed (Roshanfekr et al. 90). While they can be able to show their emotions, in most cases, they will tend to cry to show what they feel. However, it was generally a good experience.
Roshanfekr, Payam, et al. “Involving mothers in child development assessment in a community-based participatory study using ages and stages questionnaires.” International journal of preventive medicine 8 (2017).