wasn't too small but he was constantly checking to make sure it was over the waist band of his shorts. I didn't recognize this behavior. Possibly in the past his parents had told him to fix his shirt so frequently that now it is something he does habitually.4:00pm-4:15pmIn the line, a baby began to wail. Several of the kids heard the high pitched cry and looked up to find the source. Most went back to playing when they realized it was a baby crying but some, including the boy in the red shirt, sought out the baby and watched as the mother comforted the baby. The red shirt boy even went from sitting on the tube to standing on the hill to see. I think the boy was processing the situation and assimilating it. He didn't look confused so I don't think the situation was new or strange to the boy but he did seem to be thinking about it and processing the event. Eventually the boy moved back to playing. He now ran up the hill and jumped down. Each time he jumped down he looked around for approval. His parents were sitting a ways away in line and after a few jumps he went to talk to his parents, seeking their approval. He pointed to the hill and probably told them about his jumping. I thought it was interesting that both the red shirt boy and the pig-tailed girl, went to find their parents to get approval for what they were doing. 4:15pm-4:30pmAs the line moved every so often, the red shirt boy payed attention to where his parents were. His younger sister looked for their parents where they were last in the line and couldn't find them. She looked terrified and spun in circles to try and find someone of her family. She was about 2 or so. She looked about ready to cry when her brother saw her and ran over to show her where their parents had moved to. I think this situation correlates to object permanence and trust. Even though she couldn't see her parents, the little girl is learning that they are still there. Two girls standing in front of me caught my attention. They are obviously sisters, one maybe 7 and the other was about 2. They were standing next to a spinning mushroom that kids
were riding. The younger sister kept wanting to move towards it but the older sister pulled her back. The older sister knew that if the younger one went closer, she’d get hurt, however the younger one was confused as to why she couldn't play. The red shirt boy was playing on the stalk-like play area near his family. As I was wrapping up my observations, the boy went to sit next to his parents to listen to them talking. They weren’t talking to him but he looked curious about their adult conversation. He sat listening and fiddling with a toy. I was impressed by his multitasking between listening and playing with the toy.
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- Spring '16
- Sibling, Boy, Florida Mall