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Case Study: An In-depth Observation of Sam

Sahara Kipfer

Child Development 223 Professor Stetzel May 5, 2008

Case Study Case Study: An In-depth Observation of Sam Sam is a four-year-old male residing in the town of North Manchester, Indiana. He lives with his biological parents and sixteen month old sister, Lydia. According to Sam, the dog, Jake, is also a member of the family. Sam’s father, Brad, is a third grade teacher in Warsaw and his mother, Melissa, is the Director of Advancement Services at Manchester College. Both Sam and Lydia attend the Manchester Early Learning Center


five days a week during the school year and in the summer they stay home with their dad. Sam has several interests which include animals and the outdoors. This can be attributed to the fact that Sam’s father enjoys hunting and displaying taxidermy in their house. Some of his dislikes consist of eating broccoli and being surprised. I am observing Sam at the MELC, for my Child Development class, in order to understand the growth of a child.

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Physical Development Sam’s mother, Melissa, had a normal pregnancy, but the delivery was another story.


Sam was Franc Breach, which means he was butt down and had to be delivered by c-section. Throughout this pregnancy, Melissa craved peaches and ham, both of which Sam enjoys. The first few years of a child’s life are very crucial. This is the time when they begin to crawl, walk, and talk. Sam started walking and talking around his first birthday. The second word that he spoke clearly was “deer.” Sam’s utterance of “deer” can be attributed to his father, who is an avid hunter. Sam is now four years of age. According to Feldman (2007), the height and weight of a child this age should be forty inches and thirty-five pounds. However, Sam is forty-eight inches in height and weighs eighty pounds. Sam is a healthy eater at home and at day care. He likes fruit and meat and dislikes broccoli. Among...

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