FC: Artifacts and Reflections - Virtual Child Part One. | “The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line.” - Eileen Kennedy Moore
1: Throughout this assignment I will bring you on a journey through my Virtual Child experience, and how it impacted me in a positive manner. | Ethan at 10 years old! Look at him all grown up.
2: At the age of 8 months, Ethan was able to complete the object permanence test. It is important that he hits these developmental milestones so that as a parent, I can see where is at cognitively. Therefore, I am able to see that Ethan is at an average level for his age, and he is on track with his developmental milestones. Through my knowledge and understanding of developmental domains, I am able to pinpoint these milestones and understand where the child's cognitive development is at.
3: Objective observation is important because, when we as Early Childhood Educators view children from an outsider perspective, it is very important that our opinion is not biased or based on anything but the child alone. I.e, race, gender, and any other labels must be thrown out the window. Observation will benefit me as a future Early Childhood Educator. I will be able to view children from a more intelligent perspective. I will be able to identify developmental milestones, certain physical and cognitive abilities, and potential learning disabilities.
4: This assignment allowed me to explore the role of a child, parent and teacher. I was able to see my child from many different perspectives. This helped me to develop a deeper understanding of child physical and cognitive development. | This assignment helped me to understand that not just the parents are involved in the raising of a child - but everybody who comes into contact with that child. For example, teachers.
5: Raising a Virtual Child has given me a better understanding of development, the process of raising a child, and physical and cognitive milestones. | “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank