Child Observation Paper

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Child study

Introduction of child
Q is 5 years 5 months old. She is a girl. She attends a kindergarten. Q is the youngest child in the family of three children. She speaks and understands English during English lesson. Her mother is not working and hence her main care giver. She converses in Mandarin with her mother in the home environment. Her mother tongue is Mandarin.
Observation 1

At the learning centre there are two small boxes containing 6 counters in each box respectively. The counters in each box match the colour of the box, so children knows exactly who the counters belong. Q and her friend C each took a box of counter. They arrange the counter and compare who has more. Q insisted she has more because her row of counters
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Are there other ways to decide which row has more?
Engaging in discussion or interactions with the children will help children to discover there are more than one dimension to consider when doing comparison.
This helps children to think about the other dimension such as “quantities” in this case (Ojose, 2008).
Piaget (Berk, 2014) theorized that children actively “construct” their own knowledge in interaction with the world around them, progressively internalizing their actions and the results of those actions. The capability of conservation would gradually come as Q practices and gain exposure and move to the conservation stage of development (Berk, 2014).
Q’s lack of hierarchical classification also could be due to the lack of understanding of the English language. Q is from an environment where English is a medium of instruction in the kindergarten. Her mother tongue is Mandarin. Her mother who is her main caregiver converse with her in Mandarin. She hardly practice English in the home environmental. She may not understand the question, “Are there more green flowers or flowers?” If the question were to be rephrase in the following sequence, it may help to distinguish if the hindrance was due to lack of understanding of the
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