Observation Early Childhood Observation

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Observations are a quintessential part of an early childhood educator’s day. The book by Heidemann and Hewitt, Play the Pathway from Theory to Practice created a checklist to help educators with observations; “The Play Checklist has been developed to help adults understand children’s sociodramatic play skills” (Heidemann and Hewitt, 2010, p. 81). There are ten different criteria to observe as a child is playing. As an educator, I used the play checklist to observe a girl in my classroom to help see how the child develops. Description of the setting and child I currently work in a NAEYC accredited child care center. The child I observed is in my toddler classroom and all of the observations were done inside the classroom, not in any other part of the center. I had observed the child for a few minutes a day for about two weeks. The age range in the room is from 24-33 months of age. There are seven boys and five girls in the class. About half of the children verbal and are interested in playing with each other. When I started my observation of the little girl, L.S. she was 26 months old. L.S. is regularly at school, five days a week and is there at the same length of time every day. I chose to do the observation on her due to the fact that she is very active, verbal, and loves to play. However, I am not sure how she plays and interacts with other children. I am hoping that by doing the Play Checklist, it will give me a better understanding on L.S. is developing.

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