Option #1: Preschool or Early Elementary School Classroom Essay
For this activity, you need to visit a preschool or early elementary school classroom, preferably when children are there, so that you may observe them interacting with the toys; however, you should also try to see the classroom when it is empty, so you can examine the room carefully.
Take notes on all the games, toys, and activities, as well as the other materials posted on the walls and stored on the toy/book shelves (e.g., Playdough, calendars, and storybooks). Note, specifically, what among these things is available to help children overcome types of immature thinking (e.g., centration, egocentrism, precausal thinking, nonconservation, irreversible thinking, and transductive reasoning) and develop logical thinking typical in middle childhood (e.g., seriation, transitive inference, classification, and conservation), as described by Piaget.
For this assignment, write an essay about the following:
For each game/activity/material, name it and then describe which preoperational type of thinking it addresses and how it helps the child to gain one of the types of operational thinking.
Support what you write using the textbook and scholarly articles.
- Write a 2-3 page paper based on the above instructions, not counting the required title and reference pages.
- Format your paper according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.
- Support your analysis with at least three scholarly references, which may include resources from this course. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources.