Child Study Evaluation
I enjoyed completing the child study on Sam even though I thought at times it was rather long winded and took a lot of hard work and time.
If I had chance to do my child study again, I think that I would prefer to complete it on a younger child. The reason I say this, is because I seem to enjoy working with very young children a lot more and would find it much more interesting and motivating to discover more about their intellectual needs at a younger age.
I consider that my strengths in this child study coursework were that I completed the studies well and to the best of my ability. I believe that I interacted with Sam well and that he responded to me in a positive manner. As a result of doing this child study on Sam, I think that I understand him better and that it has helped to build a bond between myself and my cousin Sam.
I think that I completed my record sheets well as they included the questions about Sam??™s intellectual abilities during the activities that we did together, for instance; Memory skills ??“ does he remember the primary colours, blue, green, yellow and red I also think that one of my strengths was how confidently I interacted with Sam and his positive responses to both me and the activities that I chose.
On completing this child study coursework, I discovered that I had the above mentioned strengths but I also discovered that I had many weaknesses too. Time was a big issue for me, I seemed to struggle with the deadlines and I was falling behind with my visits to Sam??™s house. To improve this, I need to be more organised with my activities and my time. If I were to do this child study again, I would make sure that I complete all my activities during a one day period and observe Sam from late morning till the evening. I believe this would have made it easier for me, as I was arranging and visiting Sam??™s house in a last-minute fashion rather than being organised.
I did not find any difficulties in completing observations on Sam. Although, I found that there was a slight time problem with my child studies as towards the end of the study I found myself running out of time to complete it. As a result of my bad time management, I have only managed to complete five written up observations on Sam instead of the expected six to be completed.
I particularly enjoyed carrying out observations on Sam that were linked to intellectual development and were appropriate to what Sam enjoyed doing in his free time. However, if I was to do this child study again, I would not choose to observe and write up about physical development as I don??™t find it as interesting as the intellectual side.
I found my research on milestones to be very useful as it explained to me what stage Sam should be at and also how children change intellectually over the first four years of their lives. My milestone research helped me with my ???application of knowledge??™ as it explained to me that at Sam??™s age what he should be doing or is able to do in a specific activity. For example, decorating gingerbread men ??“ a four year old will ask lots of questions.
I also think, that during my research I could have mentioned intellectual development in children aged between 6 months and four years.
During the completing of this study, I have learnt that Sam enjoys playing with his toys in an intellectual way and that he likes taking part in activities that are set up for him. I have found out that different types of play show me different aspects of intellectual development e.g. memory/creative skills. I have realized that it is very important to experience different types of play as it helps Sam with his memory, creativity and imagination skills. By introducing different varieties and categories of play, Sam??™s vocabulary and imagination skills will improve.
When doing a cutting and sticking activity with Sam, it helped him to follow instructions, both verbally and visually which will assist and improve his behaviour and ability to follow instructions in the future.
By doing my chosen activities with Sam, I discovered many things about him and the knowledge that he holds. Decorating gingerbread men with Sam showed me his knowledge of his colours and vocabulary of the equipment and decorations that we used. For example, Sam could name the icing and the decorations (sprinkles and smarties). Sam did well at following instructions during and after the activity but if I was to decorate gingerbread men with Sam again, I would do it after he had eaten as I felt that his hunger disrupted his concentration skills.
Cutting and sticking with Sam, showed me his knowledge of equipment such as glue, materials (paper, string). Sam enjoyed making a mask, using a mask template that I had pre-cut out for him. Sam was good in this activity at following instructions and appeared to be engaged whilst carrying it out. Sam did however; find it difficult not to spill the glue all over the table and make a mess of his work but this showed me what Sam??™s creative skills were like.
Baking cupcakes with Sam showed me his knowledge of the ingredients used in cakes for example eggs, butter and flour. Sam followed instructions well during this particular activity which was good as there was a risk of him burning himself on the hot oven. Sam enjoyed seeing the cakes when they came out of the oven as well as eating the cakes he made once cool. This activity showed me Sam??™s creative skills.
Watching Sam building with his building blocks was a good activity as it allowed me to see him at unstructured play. It was also interesting as well as informative as Sam talked about what he was building as he played. By telling me stories as he played with his building blocks showed me his imagination skills and also his freedom of expression at play.
I also carried out an activity where I just observed Sam playing with his toys. I enjoyed this because Sam seemed to take pleasure in showing me his favourite toys. Sam liked to make up scenarios in his head using his fictional characters, showing me that he uses his growing and developing imagination skills effectively.