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Jean Piaget outlined a series of developmental stages that children go through as they mature These stages are Sensorimotor stage birth-2 years Preoperational stage 2-6 years Concrete operational stage 7-11 years and Formal operational stage 12 years into adulthood For this assignment I was asked to observe a child who was in either the sensorimotor preoperational or concrete operational stages of development The child whom I chose to observe was my little cousin Nicholas or Nick for short Nick is currently 7 years old which puts him under the concrete operational stage of development The concrete operational stage of development is defined by our textbook as the stage of cognitive development from about 6 or 7 years to 11 years of age during which the children gain the mental operations that enable them to think logically about concrete eventspage 131 When broken down this definition basically means that during the ages of 7 through 11 children gain the mental capacity which allows them to understand different conservations perform simple arithmetic and to think logically and with reason I observed Nick on the morning of Saturday October 19 2002 while he was staying at my house for the day This allowed me the perfect opportunity to get in some observations I chose to do my observations while Nick was outside in my backyard helping my Father so some yard work During the course of about half an hour I witnessed what I thought to be typical behaviors for someone of his age Nicholas appeared to be very interested in performing the tasks that he was involved in He eagerly offered his assistance to my father Although Nick wanted to involved and helpful there was a few times when he seemed to grow inpatient with the way that my father was carrying out the chores I was able to notice this because Nick was trying to tell
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