222W2LINKOBSINSTBLOCKS.docx – Alternative Formats Using the above Child Observat

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222W2LINKOBSINSTBLOCKS.docx – Alternative Formats
Using the above Child Observation Form (adapted from page 31 in your Preschool Appropriate Practices: Environment, Curriculum, and Development textbook); analyze the interactions of three children in the Block Center over a three-day period. Notice the observations are written as evidence statements. Evidence statements document only facts. What did I see the child do or hear them say? I did not interpret, summarize or write my observations as a conclusion. Another example:
Correct: Angel asked, “Alex, may I have three more blocks?”
Alex, “Here.” Alex pushed five blocks over to Angel.
Wrong: Alex played well with Angel.
3Ms Review:
Manipulative: When children are introduced to materials for the first time, they need the opportunity to just play with it. This is sometimes called the exploratory stage.
Mastery: Once children have made sense of the item through manipulation, they will automatically move to the mastery or practice stage. While in this stage, children will perform the same actions repeatedly. An example would be a child who is introduced to magnetic blocks. The child will be intrigued by them because they are magnetic and will focus on them a great deal.
Meaning: At this stage, children replicate what they were practicing in the mastery stage using other materials. In other words, if they play a game on the computer, they may play the game similarly using the recently practiced blocks. Other times, they use the object all together differently (a block is used as a cell phone).
Play:
The play levels are based on Mildred Parten’s Stages of Play. For this assignment, we are using the three stages listed (solitary, parallel, cooperative).
Analyze the observations written and develop an instructional plan for each child. In other words, how will you support each child’s play when they return to the “blocks” center. When writing “accomplishments” and “needs,” you may use summary or more subjective statements. When writing about the activities, you are not creating detailed activity plans – a sentence or two for each will suffice.
Follow the format provided at the end of the observation pages:
Accomplishments of each child:
Needs of each child:
Plans for each child: (one activity for with materials and one activity for with other children).
Requirements:
APA formatting (including in-text citations and references)
12 Point Font Arial or Calibri Font Style
Double-Spaced
College Level Writing
Check for Spelling and Grammar
Informal terms such as “kids, toys, etc. are not appropriate
Submit as a Word Document

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