Age 0-35 months Field Notes Bristin Whitley July 1, 2018 8:00am-8:15am I entered the classroom just as a small boy with black hair, maybe 2 and a half years old, was being dropped off by his parents. His eyes followed me as I made my way to the place the teacher told me I could sit and watch the kids. The black haired boy made no indication that he knew that he was being dropped off while he sat in his father’s arms. He seemed more interested in the people in the hallway than the teacher who was talking to him. When he was put down, he immediately made a face as if to begin crying but the teacher caught his attention with a toy truck and told him “Don’t worry. Mommy and Daddy will be back right after church.” The black haired boy mumbled to himself, I believe he said momma, and then played with the truck. His attention was again diverted as another, younger, blonde boy was being dropped off. The smaller boy walked into the room with his parents following. He immediately ran to the teacher with a smile. The parents greeted the teacher and checked the boy in and then left. All the while, the blonde boy settled in and began playing without noticing they left. This felt odd to me because I expected the blonde-boy to be as upset as the other when his parents left, but the teacher told me that he came every weekend and was also in her childcare during the week and he was very comfortable at the class. I now think he must have a lot of trust. The boys played separately with very little interaction for about 10 minutes. 8:15am-8:30am At almost exactly 8:15am, a little girl, maybe a 18 months old was dropped off. She waved her mom goodbye and then began to walk around the room, looking at each toy, deciding what to play with. This girl showed signs of developed object permanence. She understood that her mother would be returning for her. When she walked by the blonde-haired boy playing with the ring toys she watched him play for a minute before sitting down next to him and grabbing the nearest ring and putting it in her mouth. The teacher walked over and told her that they weren’t to be put in her mouth and took the ring and went to wash it off. The girl looked very confused
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- Spring '16
- Theory of cognitive development, Bristin Whitley