Observing Physical Development
Evidence of large and small muscle skills.
Evidence of eye-hand coordination.
Evidence of illness.
Observing Cognitive Development
Ability to cope with problems.
Ability to make identifications: recognize
shapes, colors, numbers, size.
Language skills can be understood.
Imagination and creativity.
Observing Social Development
Sharing, cooperation, and taking turns.
Assertive or Passive
Leader or Follower
Plays alone or in group
Plays well with both boys and girls.
Observing Emotional Development
Self-identity separate from parents
Cope with frustrations
Evidence of trust and bonding
Presence or lack of self-control
Observing Moral Development
Willingness to follow rules.
Increasing awareness of basic principles
concerning what is right or wrong.
A willingness to accept responsibility.
Avoid actions that are harmful.
Sense of remorse after doing something wrong.
Be objective. Avoid making assumptions. Instead of, “Tommy threw
himself on the floor in a rage” it is better to observe “Tommy threw
himself on the floor screaming and kicking his feet.”
Use language that is precise and accurately describes the situation.
“Ann played with a toy for a few minutes” is much less accurate than
“Ann rode a tricycle for five minutes”.
Carefully separate facts from interpretations. Evaluative words
such as pretty, bad, happy, sad, angry, etc. are interpretative.
Use quotation marks to indicate exact words of children and adults.
Professional ethics require that discussions concerning
your observations be kept within the class.
Remember, your observation represents only a small portion of
the child’s total experience. Therefore, no on can justify
stating what a particular child always or never does.
Mary was glad to see her mother.
Mary smiled and ran to her mother.
Mary dropped the doll and broke it and then burst into tears.
Mary cried because she broke the doll.
Mary slammed the door and stomped her foot.
Mary slammed the door in anger and stomped her foot.
Mary is tired this morning.
Mary put her head on the table and closed her eyes.
Mary’s mother is over protective.
Mary’s mother always holds her hand until they reach the door of the
One Per Week on the Child You Observe
Take Notes First
Fill in Description of Child’s Activities
Fill out Interpretations of Child’s Activities
Pay Attention to Example in Log Book
OBSERVATION LOG FOR February 15th
Description of Child’s Activities: Abby was playing with the blocks when I arrived.
There were no other children with her. After about five minutes, another
preschooler came over and asked to play blocks with her. Abby said, “she did not
want to play with the student”. Abby was called over to wash her hands. She ran
over to the sink. Abby was told to walk back over to the blocks and then walk to
the sink. Abby walked to the blocks and then back to the sink with her head down.
She washed her hands and went over to the snack table. Abby had a seat. Abby
was the helper for cups. She asked a teacher to help her. The teacher walked
with Abby but she placed the cups on the table. During gross motor, Abby jumped
from the stone path to the dinosaurs house. She landed in the water when she
tried to jump to the castle. Abby sat down and put her head down.
Interpretations of Child’s Activities: Abby wanted to play alone during free play.
She was mad that she had to walk back over to the blocks. She was seeking
attention during snack because she asked for the teachers help. She usually does
her helping hands job by herself. During gross motor, the jump to the castle was
to big of a jump for her.
One Per Week for the Child You Observe
Use only facts.
Do not include any opinions.
Hand in by Friday.
Child’s Name: Abby Date: February 15
Today Your Child
Activity Participated Did not participate
Arts & Crafts
Gross Motor X
Alphabet & Number Time
Abby came into the room with her head down. Abby was playing
with the blocks by herself. She did not want to play with another
student when asked. She ran to wash her hands and was asked to walk
back and try walking to the sink. She walked back and then walked to
the sink. Abby was the helper for cups. She asked for help from
the teacher. Abby jumped from the stone path to the dinosaur’s
house. She landed in the water when she tried to jump to the castle.
Observer: Miss Gena McVitty