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Observation #1

Class/section: FHS 1500-400


Name:
Adi Ekmescic
Assignment: Observation 2
Background Information
Childs age:
5
Fictitious name: Jack
Location:
Murray Rec Center
Brief
There were about 12 children running around playing basketball and adults
Description:
consecrated on their own game.
Physical Development
Jack for being only 5 years old he had very good ball control. He dribbled really well
going up and down the court, he held his cool against another child when he started defending
him. The skill that surprised me the most was how proficient he was at dribbling the ball when he
was driving to the basket. In case somebody isnt aware what that is, its when the player runs
and cuts quickly to try to outmaneuver the defenders so he can get an easy layup. He isnt all that
proficient at shooting the ball but that is to be expected with being so young and not having the
all the muscles fully developed. To make a basket, the brain has muscle memory that remember
the right amount of force that goes into a shot, with muscles not even close to being fully
developed at age 5, it would make sense as to why he couldnt shoot the ball accurately at the
basket. (Berger, 2016, p.149)
According to the textbook, Jack has gone beyond mastering just what the normal 5 year
old would be able to do physically. If you gave a basketball to any other 5 year old, they may
have the basic movements mastered; walk, run, hop, skip and jump but these combined with
trying to throw a ball into a hoop may provide a greater challenge. In that sense jack is very well
developed in his physical development as compared to the norm percentile.
Cognitive Development
Jacks cognitive development is lacking a little bit. He doesnt really speak clearly with
complex sentences, he talks really fast and sometimes his mouth cant keep up with his mind.
Though he can keep his mind on the game, which shows a greater attention span and means he is
in the norm percentile for cognitive development. The most interesting part of watching his
cognitive ability was how he responded to his dad tell him what moves to make, and to my
surprise Jack was pulling it off incredibly. The dad said cut, Jack cut. He said screen, Jack set up
a screen (well a 5 year old screen which is really like a speed bump but nonetheless). I believe
this to prove that he is able to follow 2 to 3 part commands and further reinforcing he cognitive
development. (Berger, 2016, p.159).
I believe the issue with forming complex sentences will clear itself up as his cognitive
development progresses. Berger said Parents of the most verbal children teach language
throughout infancy; singing, listening, responding, and reading to them every day, even before
age 1. (Berger, 2016, p.124). Connecting this with my previous statement about how he has a
hard time saying the words clearly with complex sentences. Berger reinforces that the child will

grow out of it as soon as his cognitive develops enough as to where he can pronounce the words
clearly and not run over his own words.
Social/Emotional Development
Jacks emotional development is right on track. For example he kept messing up passes to
his teammate, which in turn made him frustrated, which then led to anger just like Berger said.
(Berger, 2016, p.134). He is also like his father that was there, the father would be yelling at the
play when his kid messed up but when one of the teammates messed up, jack took on his fathers
role pretty quickly. Going back to the toddler years, Berger said The new strength of emotions
is apparent in temper tantrums. Toddlers are famous for fury, when something angers them so
much that they will yell, scream, cry and do something physical (Berger, 2016, p.134). Jack
definitely yelled but he never made it obvious that was going to do something physical to get rid
of that pent up anger he had when he kept messing up the passes to his teammates After the
little game they had, I noticed jack telling jokes to his fellow teammates, he had a hard time with
the punch line and Im pretty sure he didnt know why the joke was funny which goes back to his
cognitive development as well as his social and emotional development. After the kids got
changed they all went to their parents and headed home.