In they were just six months apart, developmentally

In my previous essay’s I wrote about how I observed two children at play while at the
park. One was my friend’s daughter Chloe, who is two and a half and the other who was
just two, also her cousin. It was clear that even though they were just six months apart,
developmentally both different. I also brought my two 4 year olds with me that day.
While at the park I noticed a bunch of children from the ages 3-11. Several of the
kids were with which I assumed to be their child care workers, who kept a close look at
them but at the same time did not stand right over them and let the kids socialize and
have the freedom to explore and play in a safe manner. The children were only
interacting with each other and did not fully accept other children around them that also
wanted to play with them. The kids seemed to be of Jewish faith and really seemed to
enjoy climbing different structures of the jungle gym and other balances beams that
were available. They were very outgoing and adventurous and did not seem to show
they were scared of anything. Other than the obvious closeness to the group, the kids
seemed to be well developed and appeared to fit in with the ages they were. I went
ahead and spoke with one of the child care workers from which looked like a day care to
me that they were from, at this point my four year olds were playing with a bunch of kids
while my friend watched them.
The child care worker told me the children were all related and have been to
school and after school activities since they were in preschool. The kids were not
formally instructed to avoid other children, but it was told to me that they just like
to stay with their own culture. The children continued to play together and when
other children from the park came in the playground, the kids simply moved to the side
and did not make any attempts to invite or interact with new kids entering the park. The
new kids who entered the park came in with their bikes, some kids had jumping ropes
and chalk and they all laid their belongings on the side near a fence. Without asking any
permission, one of the kids from the day care center went towards the bike and began
to ride it. He was about 9 years old. The boy who came in with the bike approached
the other child and told him that the bike was his and that he will share his bike but it
was not nice that he just went on without asking him first. This child appeared to be
about 9 or 10 as well and spoke in a mature manner. The children from the day care
center left shortly after the bike incident and did not wave or smile to any of the children
in the playground as they left. I was curious on why they worker did not tell the boy to
get off the bike and ask him why did he take it upon himself to do that. As I watched him
get on, so did she.
At that time, I turned my attention back to my own kids who were playing a game
of kick ball. They were playing with a bunch of little kids who appeared to be
from the ages 4-7, both boys and girls. The group played fairly and I did notice that one
little boy looked like he could have benefited to belong in a smaller group, his attention
was clearly being distracted. The ball they were using was not very sturdy and was
about the size of a soccer ball. While the children of which I believed were of average
functioning 4-7 year olds, kicked the ball without any problems the other child was
unable to make any contact with the ball. If the ball was of a bigger size and the playing
field was made smaller in diameter I believe the child would have been able to kick the
ball. Although the child appeared to be about 6 years old, his play was limited by an
obvious disability. They physical aspect of the play was impeded by his under
developed gross motor skill and his coordination and muscle strength were lacking and
due to his weakness, his ability to run to the base was not there. The game as stated
was kickball and although the rules were made known before the game, the children
at all different times of the game seemed to tweak and bend the rules for their own
satisfaction. The multiple pitching attempts for this one child is an example of this. The
kids gave him several more chances to make contact with the ball in an effort for him to
feel included. He finally kicked the ball after many attempts but did not make it past first
base. The expression of happiness once he did kick the ball showed that changing the
rules for him was worth it. The other children were all cognitively aware of the reasoning
behind giving him multiple chances and their decision to cooperate with including this
child to play with his limitation and accommodations proves that the children were all
socially mature and able to play games with rules but were accepting of others who
require special interventions. I was amazed at my own children, being so young and
not fully understanding what people have to go through in life, they did not seem to be
bother that the boy have multiple chances to kick the ball and they seemed to look past
his disability and were there all for the fun of the game.
Overall, except for the above mentioned child, the children involved in the game of kick
ball engaged appropriately and seemed to have met their age appropriate milestone
both physically and mentally. The children observed proved to be on track with their
play development and showed positive acceptance to others with special need.
The children who were under the card of child care workers seemed socially
underdeveloped. Although their physical appearance appeared of normal development,
their social skills were obviously lacking. This may be due to their culture of being only
with each other and resisting involvement with those outside their culture and religion.
Their motor and physical play seemed well developed however, their social play and
following the rules proved to be underdeveloped; I believe that if they had any
redirection and teaching from the adults, this would help these children strengthen their
ability to join in social environments outside of their faith and culture. I believe if children
or adults choose to use public spaces like parks and playgrounds, all that are there
must be respectful and especially when possessions are involved using them properly.
Children, like adults do not have to agree with or like everyone or everything they see
and encounter, but respect for others and their property should be observed in all
aspects of play.


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