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Preschool (3-5 years)
Two Hours: UCF Creative School for Children Date: 5 March 2018 Starting Time: 10:35 PM
Setting: As I walked into the class, half the students were sitting at a table playing with playdoh
while the other half was singing and dancing with the teacher. I walked in the middle of it and
after a few minutes, it was time to switch. I sat in the back of the class right next to the restroom
which gave me a good view of the whole class which was a separate building from the rest of the
Creative School for Children. Once the children switched, about ten of them walked to the
bathroom. To no fail, each of them looked at me or the stickers on my computer curiously before
getting in line. It turns out that they use the bathroom with the door open. I had a little boy ask
me what I was doing here which I answered “watching you guys.” The child, I chose to observe
came up to me and told me that he had playdoh nails. I am going to call him John. He looked to
be around 3 years old. He went to use the restroom and wash his hands, and then everybody from
the table that was previously dancing came to get in a line to use the restroom. There were
students looking at me and even talking to me which was different from the last observation.
After John washed his hands, he walked out of the restroom and waved his hands around to air
dry them it seemed. He walked to the front of the room, standing there for a minute before sitting
at the front of the circle rug. While he was walking, there was this boy waiting in line for the
bathroom who asked what I was doing with my computer and would poke me to get my
attention. John sits there pretty quiet while the teacher changes the song. He isn’t participating
with the singing and dancing.
Setting: After the songs, it is time to go outside. While the second teacher calls the students to go
line up; John sits there patiently just looking around. As all the students are putting their jackets
on, John and another students are looking at the poster that shows who is line leader, door holder,
etc. After a few minutes, the teacher notices that they don’t have their jackets on and she tells
them that the weatherman said that they needed to wear their jackets outside today. He goes back
to where the cubbies are and grabs his but doesn’t put it on. The teacher fixes the jacket to where
it is on the right side and then helps him put it on. He, then, goes to another teacher and she zips
it up. While walking outside, he is holding hands with three of his friends. They run and one of
the students hits John which causes him to cry. When the teacher notices that he is crying, she
goes up to them and tells the student who hit him that that was not nice. That causes him not to
cry anymore and he runs off to the back of the playground with his three friends. The playground
is a huge fenced in area with two separate playgrounds and a bunch of other areas with toys and
places to climb, run, be in the sand, and look at plants. I had to relocate because I couldn’t see John anymore. He was in the back section of the playground where there was a bench, dirt pile
and another bench with a steering wheel. He was with a group of five kids and they seemed to be
playing some sort of adventure game where they would be driving the car and then stop and run
off to a certain area. Their car was right next to a building that huge blue noodles were held.
They grabbed noodles and then went to the top of the dirt hill.
Setting: John was really interested in the bench where the car was. While all the other students
would be playing on the dirt hill, he would go lay on the bench by himself. A few volunteers
came over which caused John to get up from his car. This little girl form EE5 came up to me and
persistently asked me to play duck duck goose and wouldn’t take no for an answer. While this
was happening, John made his way over to the car again and sat there with his one of his friends.
He ran off and when he came back to the car, he sat down and the bench flipped over causing
him to fall. He didn’t cry at all when he fell or when a volunteer came over to help him up. He
was really unfazed about the whole thing, saying that he just fell and it didn’t hurt. Where ever
he would run to, he seemed to always make his way back to that car. After a while, he focused
his attention on where all his friends where. He walked over to the noodles and talked to two
boys, one of which was in his class and the other I’m not sure of. The two boys and him started
to walk away from where I am located causing me to have to relocate again. He goes over to a
table that is under a tree and gets on top of it to try and grab some of the leaves. One of his
teachers sees him doing this and tells him to get down. When he does, he runs off to yet another
spot of the playground causing me to move again. When I found him, he was standing by one of
the sandboxes, just watching the other kids play. He stands there for a few minutes then goes up
to his teacher and I think asks to use the bathroom. When he is gone, his friend notices after a
few minutes and starts asking where John is and looks around for him. When John comes out
from the restroom, he goes back over to the sandbox and just stands off to the outside of it. He
decides to take off his jacket and give it to his teacher, then goes back to watching everyone that
is in the sandbox. He doesn’t seem to want to do much, just watches around to what others are
doing and he follows his friends. When his friend runs off, he follows and then when he takes the
lead, he keeps looking back to see if his friend is behind him.
Setting: The two boys are still running. John goes to where the sandbox is and finds one of the
many bicycles which he decides to get on. His friends start to run off and he follows behind on
the bike. Then his friend gets on another bike and the two of the start talking about where they
are going to go. A girl comes up to him and seems to ask him to get off the bike but he doesn’t
and then she goes to his friend and he doesn’t get off the bike either. The two of them are just
riding their bike on the sidewalk all around the playground. John starts riding fast and leaves his
friend behind, he then stops and looks to check where his friend is but when his friend doesn’t
come he goes off and then stops again but this time he gets off his bike to see where his friend is.
Once he gets back on his bike, he turns around to go where his friend is and notices that his
friend is finally coming to where he is. This causing John to ride off again, leaving his friend
because he thought his friend was following but he was actually just sitting on the bike talking to
other students. John comes back around and pushes his bike into his friends even after his friend says stop. This causes them to go in opposite directions. They both go around different sides of
the circle and then meet up and the two go off in the same direction again. They stop every once
in a while to make a plan of where they are going. John stops after a few minutes of riding his
bike and gets off to play with the blue noodles again. He moved to where he was out of sight so I
had to move back to the bench that I previously at. When I got there, I noticed him and his friend
were now playing in the sand with another. John squatted down and dug the sand between his
hands; this caused other kids to do it too. He, then, throws sand on one of the students which
causes a volunteer to tell him that throwing sand is bad. He is just sitting in the sand, playing
with it and having a big smile on his face.
Setting: John is just in the ground, sometimes laying other times he is throwing sand at the blue
blocks that are in his area. He is just doing his own thing until one of his friends comes up with a
shovel filled with sand and puts the sand in front of John. John kicks the sand and then loses
interest so he goes and grabs a noodle and starts to build with the blocks. He makes this
contraption with a circle block and a bunch of noodles and then throws it into the bin. The main
teacher comes over and informs the volunteers and I that we are about to go in and get ready for
lunch time. John went off with two noodles and one student in the class tries to get me to throw a
ball while the child from earlier with the shovel dumps sand underneath my seat. This causes the
kid with the ball to go under my seat too and start singing about it. John is just on his bike trying
to get it out of the grass. He starts to ride off in the opposite direction of where all his classmates
are. He gets off the bike and starts playing on the playground. He climbs up the ladder and is
now with a group of about six kids. He goes down the slide and then picks up some balls and
places them on the bridge that connects the two sides of the playground together. He, then,
climbs up the ladder again and stands up on the top while his friends are all around. A teacher
comes up to his group and assumedly tells him that it is time to go in because he runs to the gate.
A few of his classmates and him crouch over and look at something in the dirt. Then he comes up
to where I am standing and starts talking about some great grandfather snail. The teacher, then,
tells everyone to sit on one of the paved squares.
Setting: Once it is time to go inside, all the students run in and sit on the circle rug. John is just
laying down and a volunteer comes up to him to tell him to sit up like a big boy. A girl comes up
to him and starts talking, which he listens to what she has to say. He gets his drink and sits down
contently while looking around the class. A song turns on and all the students, including John,
turn to the inside of the circle and start passing a bean bag to the song. It is almost lunch time and
three of the four tables have chicken nuggets, bread, mac n cheese and ketchup on them. As the
song ends and everyone gets up to wash their hands, John runs around with his bottle in his
mouth before setting it on the counter. He, then, gets in line to wash his hand. He stands there
with his hand on the handle while he waits his turn. Once he is done washing his hands, he goes
and sits down at the head of the largest table in the room. He starts playing with his plate and
utensils, just like those around him. He stabs the end of his spoon into the late, I’m not sure if it
is actually making holes though. He sits there just waiting for the food to be served. When the
teacher comes over to sit, he starts waving his plate around. Once the food is out, he grabs the chicken nuggets and then raises his hands to signal that he wants the a piece of bread. Since there
were no more on the table, the teacher had to get up to grab a new plate with the buns on it. He
gets all the food on his plate, then he just sits there occasionally picking his nose while eating.
While he slowly eats, he looks around at those sitting around him.
Setting: He is sitting at the table with a half-eaten chicken nugget in his hand and counting how
many people are at his table. He counts seven and then exclaims how that there are a lot of
people at his table. When another students starts counting and counts him as one, John says “I’m
not one, I’m three.” The teacher tells him that he wasn’t saying his age but just counting the
people around the table like he did. After a few minutes of eating, John sticks his spoon into his
bun and hold it up. He wave it around and when the teacher notices, she tells him and the other
student who copied John and the bread is for eating and not to eat it with a spoon. He takes a few
bites out of the bread and then starts making noises while he eats it. Lunch was served in a
family style as the teacher put it. They passed around the plates and picked up a few of what was
being served. When John was done eating, he got up and threw his plate and cup away. Then he
went over to the book shelf, still chewing his bread, and grabbed a book. Two other students
were sitting on the rug with him, looking at a book and making up what is was about. The three
of them were laughing. John was very observant, there was a page with shoes all over a room
and John pointed out where all the shoes were. He was laying on his stomach and kicking his
feet around while they looked at the book. He would point of the littlest of things; how the sun
was green instead of yellow and how there was a duck in a shoe. Another girl finished her lunch
and came over to where they were and started to try and decipher the book along with the others.
As the kids were finishing up with lunch, they would all come over to the rug. One student
grabbed the book that John originally picked up and John got a little mad but after a few minutes,
the two of them started to read the book together. When John was done with his book, he went
over to the two that he was originally reading with and they told him that they weren’t friends
and the boy pushed John over. This caused John to start crying and the teacher asked what
happened which another student sitting on the rug told; the teacher told the student who pushed
John that that wasn’t nice and neither was pushing students. Then John sat back on the rug and
they were all friends again. The student who pushed John, ended up pushing another student but
not hard enough to make him fall. This student started to cry but didn’t say anything; the teacher
told him to use his words. He started to say stop it and the teacher came back over and told him
to say stop it to what was happening, not just stop it.
Setting: Now that a majority of the students are done eating, they are all in the middle of the
room on a rug, reading. John and three boys are all crouched over a book, looking at the pictures.
After a few minutes, John got up and went to the back corner of the room to grab some stuffed
animals to have. He gave the other one he picked up to whoever asked for it first and then said
there were no more. This caused all of them to get up and look over there to check. They all
found stuffed animals and then John stayed behind and grabbed another stuffed animal, so that
he would have to. When the teacher announced that lunch was over, John and one of his friends
started to play with their stuffed animals in a dollhouse. The two of them were stuffing their bears into the dollhouse, just making random noises and giggling. The classroom is much louder
than from when I originally walked in. The students were all powered up from lunch and hyper.
John is the loudest that he has been since I’ve been here. The teacher comes up to him and tells
him not to stuff the big bear into the dollhouse. The two of them move away from the dollhouse
after what the teacher said and just lay down on the carpet. John has both of his hands on both of
the animals. He gets up to where a group of students are in front of a whiteboard and starts to
erase what was on the board. This causes the volunteer to yell at him. John moves away from the
board and looks at a magazine with a few of his friends. As the teacher is cleaning up from lunch
and one student is still slowly eating, the rest of the class is on the rug. John is starting to seem a
little tired as he is laying down on his bear and looking around the classroom.
Time: 12:35 ...
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