OBSERVING CHILDREN. Each unit will consist of observations done in the Child Care center. . OBSERVATIONS. 1. DEFINED : An observation is watching children with the clear goal of studying a specific behavior or ability . . 2. WHY OBSERVE?.
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Each unit will consist of observations done in the Child Care center.
Be open-minded and see the situation as it really is or what the child is really doing. -Only record actual happenings. - Avoid making assumptions
Descriptive (objective) vs.
Objective observations simply state the solidfacts.
Subjective observations state an opinion of the observer.
Which statement is correct?
Parker chose to play
with Zac today. If he does
choose a friend it is usually
Zac or Jacob.
Kamryn is barely 3
and has a hard time
staying awake. Mom
says she gets enough
sleep so we wonder if
it could be a physical
problem or an emotional
Lacey is sitting on the slide.
Dallin often plays with play dough. He has chosen to roll and cut with cookie
cutters today. Other activities he participates in are dress up and puzzles.
The little girl behind the teacher is not able to get inside the group to see what
Is happening. She just stands there and watches the others.
Danny was fighting with John, Joe saw them fighting and decided
to help Danny. Joe said, “I’ll help you out, Danny”.
a. Observations of specific behavior patterns.
b. Child Self-reflections
2. Use Descriptive Anecdotal Phrases
3. Dialogue can be included
5. ObjectiveAnalysis and Interpretations
Andy was playing with some dinosaurs when baby Erin toddled over and grabbed one off the shelf. Andy had not been playing with a particular dinosaur, but when he saw Erin take it, he pushed her down grabbed it from her.
INTERPRETATION: Andy does not yet understand that babies are to be treated with patience.
Cole was crying because he was hurt. Ryan ran over to him and hugged him until he felt better.
Interpretation: Ryan is aware of the feelings of others and sensitive to help them.
John: Nov. 2, 2003
Observation “Report Card”
used to evaluate each
PORTFOLIO OF A CHILD:
A collection of the child’s work and pictures of the child participating in center activities.
Include written information about what the child is doing in the picture or what the sample work is.