FCS 341 Sec 01
October 28, 2013
Child Observation Report
I am luckier than most, because rather than having to go to a daycare center, I am able to go spend time with my three and a half year old sister, Maizie. Our family adopted Maizie about half a year ago or so, but have known her for the past two years. She’s been a great addition to the family that we couldn’t be happier about.
Having a little sister is a blessing, as I’ve gotten to know what it is like to have a younger sister for a change. I know how boys interact and grow up in life from personal experience along with having two younger brothers. Little sisters is a whole different animal already I can tell. While I’ve gotten to know her over the past two years, I’ve never studied how she spent her time interacting with the environment. I spent a whole afternoon, about eight hours in total, hanging out and enjoying time with my sister at my parent’s house, on Sat, October 19. She happened to be having two of her friends over as well for playtime. Her friends were six year old girl named Sarah and her little 3 year old brother, Ryan. All of these children are in the “Preoperational Thinking” period of development in their childhoods. It was the perfect opportunity to observe how my little sister interacted with others as well.
While Maizie interacted with her friends, I casually observed how they interacted with one another while they played with toys on the living room floor, watched a couple educational children shows, and then played catch outside in the front yard. From a psychosocial standpoint, I would describe their interaction as friendly, interactive, and fun. The children had no problem sharing toys or playing with one another in the living room. A couple times though, Maizie would go on her own and not want to have the other kids play. She likes to use only her imagination sometimes when she creates specific fantasies of her toy’s lives. Overall though, she...