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Unformatted text preview: Field Notes # 2 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. Time: 10:50 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. Time: 11:05 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. Time: 11:20 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. Time: 11:35 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. Time: 11:50 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. Time 12:05 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. Time: 12:20 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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