ALD Final Paper - Throughout the semester, I observed...

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Throughout the semester, I observed children at The University of Texas Laboratory School in the SEAY building on UT’s campus. Every Wednesday I observed either a younger group of children ages 3-4 years old, or an older group of children ages 5-6 years old. The younger children free play inside of a classroom, while the older children free play at the playground outside. There are 15 students in the younger class, 8 of them are girls, and 16 students in the older class, surprisingly, only 6 of them are girls. It is assumed that the socioeconomic status for the parents of the students at the Lab school is between the low middle class and the higher middle classes based on the parents’ connection to the university as either employees or students. The playground for the older class is securely gated and is divided up into 3 areas. Those areas are the hydrolytic drill and the sand box, the swinging tire, and the playground area. For the younger children, the classroom is broken into 6 different play areas. The play areas are blocks, arts and crafts, pretend play/dramatic play area, puzzle and toy area, the reading area, and the sensory area. The six different areas in the classroom are set up for the children to explore the particular area that interest them most. Many children love the dramatic play area that is often set up as a doctor’s office, a grocery store, or a chef’s kitchen. The children seem to be most excited when playing doctor. {Insert a book quote here} They use the pretend doctor jackets, sized to fit them all, stethoscope, and the baby dolls when playing doctor. The children use the pretend cash register, monopoly money, and pretend food when playing restaurant or pretending to be a chef. The classroom environment allows for the children to learn and have fun all at the same time. Observing the children's free play was very interesting. They demonstrated many theories of development that was learned in class. “Bye mom, I love you and I’m going to make a really pretty picture in art today so that we could put it on the wall at our home,” G1 says as she waves her right hand from right to left. She walks into the dramatic play area and looks around the room while moving her head counter-clockwise. While looking around the room, G1 stops to look at G2 in the puzzle area. G2 is sitting on a light
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2010 for the course ALD 332 taught by Professor Bush during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas.

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