Observing children at play is one of the best opportunities to learn about who they are and what they can do. Observations do not have to be formal or scheduled, but merely can be a chance to watch and listen. Taking objective notes will provide invaluable information you can use later to assess development, learning, and use for creating activities.
Watch the video, Evan Shows Jose, and observe the two four-year-old boys outdoors. Choose one child to focus on from the video. As you watch the video, take detailed notes on the child’s physical development (large/gross motor and small/fine motor). Be as objective as possible in your observation. You may want to watch the video multiple times. Use resources from this module and complete the observation form below. You must include 1 resource in your answers for support and provide citations in APA format.
Evan Shows Jose
Evan shows Jose, a new child, his favorite parts of the playground: the long wall with bays in which to hide, the holes in the wall through which to peer, and the jungle gym on which to climb. In the first segment, Evan speaks and gestures to Jose, showing him how to put his foot next to the bottom of the wall. Perhaps he remembers how the children have used the wall as the start of a race. He continues down the wall to show Jose the recessed bays that create private spaces and perhaps a surprise, such as a hidden child. Next, Evan demonstrates to Jose, who stands holding onto a vertical pole, how to use the pole as a pivot for walking round and round. Jose tries this on another pole but bumps into horizontal bars that stop him from going all the way around. Evan continues to walk around the “Maypole”, and soon other boys join in. Ponder: You may also want to compare this clip with “The Freeze,” an earlier title in our video library. How does the role Evan takes in this episode differ from his role twelve months earlier? In what ways has he grown?