Field Notes # 3 Middle Childhood / Elementary School Age (6-11) Two Hours: My Aunts House Date: 26 March 2018 Starting Time: 5:00 Setting: As I got to my aunt’s house, which is in Maitland, I am welcomed by my aunt, her two cats and her daughter. Marie, my eight year old cousin, ran up to me and hugged me. She seemed exciting to see me. Her home isn’t too far from UCF (25 minutes in regular traffic) so whenever she needs my help, it is no big deal at all! I waited until the last minute to do my field notes and was going to go to the park but class went on later than I expected and the weather wasn’t the nicest. Tonight my aunt had a business dinner to go to, so she left Marie in my supervision. Marie and I normally would make dinner and watch television in the living room but my aunt’s house has been under renovation the past couple of months so we have been improvising on what to do. My aunt leaves me with a couple of things that she expects Marie to do before we can just do whatever (whether it is watching television or hang out with the neighborhood kids) and then she is on her way. Once I read the list that goes over that she needs to finish her math homework, me help her read a chapter of her assigned book and feed the cats dinner; we go to her room where she starts to work on her math homework. Her homework was a worksheet on multiplication and division with some word problems. Marie is an extremely intelligent child, I might be a bias cousin but I truly think she is. It took her the rest of this fifteen minute period and into the next to finish this worksheet, occasionally asking me for help. Time: 5:15 Setting: After three minutes into this time interval, Marie finished her worksheet and we went onto the next thing on my aunt’s list. She asked if we could go get a snack before we started reading, which I said yes to. Since my aunt’s kitchen is the area that is being renovated, we had limited things we could eat. Marie and I walked to the makeshift kitchen that my aunt has set up in her sunroom and went right to where the snacks are. She grabbed two cookies and a bag of chips, which I know my aunt wouldn’t allow her to have at the same time especially before dinner. She knew that I knew what she was allowed to have and still tried! I told her that she can have one or the other, which she got a little upset over but ended up choosing the chips. We sat in the living room area while Marie ate her chips. We talked about her friends and school. She told me that she loved her teacher this year and she made a new friend who transferred from another state this week. I started to notice that she was talking in so much detail, telling me everything and it seemed like she was stalling her reading. When I told her that we should get her reading done, she frowned and didn’t move out of the chair. I told her that the sooner we get it done, the sooner she can go hang out with her friends. She ended up running to her room to grab the book and reading log before sitting down next to me on the couch. The book was not at all what I was
expecting at all; it was a thick book with thirteen chapters. It was named
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