Elijah Michael Hodge Child of Nyjai Hodge and Muhammad Abdul-Malik
Your Infancy Stage Today on November 24, 2009 you rolled over for the first time. It was the happiest day for your dad and I. We knew this day would come, when just a couple of weeks ago, you began to move your head. You learned how to push your head up and then roll over. You have gotten so much bigger since you were born: at birth you weighed 7.25 lbs and was 20 inches long. Looking at you now you weigh 17.25 lbs. and 26.75 inches long. That formula is taking over. We learned from Piaget that you are in the Sensorimotor stage. You was touching everything around you. You even tried to put paper in your mouth off the ground. Seeing you advance in these skills were the happiest moments ever. Your dad and I are your best friends. We were always there for you. When you rolled over your dad and I cheered for you all day. You smiled and continued to do it some more. Through Erik Erikson we learned that you was able to trust us, we never gave a reason or a cause to mistrust us. We love you very much. We remember one day you was playing on the carpet and you saw the outlet. I guess it amused you, I don’t know what it was. You crawled for it and I called your name to distract you, but that didn’t work. So your dad went to get your teddy bear Billy who made noise when we shook him. Kohlberg stated that infants have no moral reasoning at all. All we could do was distract you. We love you so much and were happy to have you in our lives.
Your Toddler Stage Its October 31, 2010 and its your first time going trick- or- treating!! You had on your bumble bee costume, looked so handsome. We took many pictures of you. Just last year you was rolling over and then you began to crawl and next thing you was walking at 18 months. At 2 years old we could see all your developments, you was 34 inches tall and weighed 27 lbs. You began to use complete sentences now. You started asking why, and your favorite word was “NO.” You knew how to say your name but you said it in a funny way. It was never Elijah to you it was Ligah. At this point you are in the preoperational stage, according to Piaget Stages of Intellectual Development. We sat down with you to tell you what to say when you got the candy in your basket. We taught you thank you and please and your response was ta- ta and plea. You would try to open the house door, you would look around to see if your dad or I was looking at you. You could tell by the tone in my voice that you was doing something wrong. Still in the preconventional stage, we gave you rewards for when you did/ say the right things. As you walked with your bumble bee costume on you was happy to see the other children. Seeing you smile and interacting with other children let us know that you mastered that Autonomy skill that we learned from Erikson. You was able to put your shoes on, you just didn’t know how to tie them. We were so happy to see how much you’ve grown and developed.
Play Age You started preschool today. Your dad and I held your hand as we walked you into Ms. Tracy’s classroom. You was in the Rainbow room. You are now 4 years old and you are 40 inches tall and weigh 36 lbs. you’ve gotten so bigger over the years, and to see you in preschool just tickles my stomach. You have my skin completion and your daddy’s smile. When we picked you up from preschool we couldn’t wait to tell us about your day. According to Piaget, you are in the Preoperational stage. By going to preschool you gained many skills. You was now able to tell us what objects were according to its color. We were so happy that you was happy. During preschool you made many friends. Your social skills had improved too over the years. Now you are able to hold a conversation with us and we know what your talking about. At preschool you and your friends played together outside on the swing set and threw the ball to one another. Based upon Erikson you are showing imitative skills, you are your own leader. During story time you couldn’t remember the name of the story, but you remembered what it was about. You learned how to share your toys, and how to say PLEASE, THANK YOU, AND EXCUSE ME. You also learned that lying was wrong. At preschool you gained a lot of skill s and your father and I was so happy that you was there. Kohlberg said that you are still in the preconventional stage, everything is still me, me,me. Preschool was the best thing that happened to you.
School Age Tonight was open house for 4 th graders, you was so excited to show us your desk, your teacher and all the work you’ve done! You made your own little scrapbook. Gym class, that you loved the most. You enjoyed playing basketball and dodge ball. Now you r 6 years old and stand 45 inches tall and weigh the same as your height ( 45 lbs.) Wow, to see how much you’ve grown is so amazing. In Language Arts class you learned what nouns are and also the adjectives which describe the noun. The things that made a complete sentence. You were now in the Concrete Stage of Piaget’s Stages of Intellectual Development. Your dad and I meet some of your friends, at school. You guys enjoyed playing in the gym and going to recess. You opened up to Tyler and Ryan all the time, they were your best friends. According to Erikson, you are in the Industry Stage, you are productive and are still developing skills. There was one school rule that you just did not like; you couldn’t chew gum in class. You loved to chew gum in the morning, and when they enforce that rule it crushed your heart. You tried every and which way to chew that gum without getting caught. Your dad and I sat down to discus this issue and told you that you had to follow and abide by the school rules. Kohlberg was right all you kids think about if your going to get in trouble for what you do. You didn’t think about the consequences if you ate that gum in class. This stage of your life was more of a learning process if anything.
Adolescence Oh my look how much you’ve come. Tomorrow is your high school graduation and we couldn’t be more proud of you. We look some early pictures of you in your cap and gown. Your 17 years old now and your taller than your dad and I put together. Standing at 5’11 and weighing 155 lbs. You even have some facial hair and you’ve got bass to your voice. You also told us that you wanted to go to school to become a business man and look now you are moths away from going to college and start your career. The only thing that occupy your mind is going to college. Piaget has helped us out a lot, you think abstractly now. You are in the Formal stage now. After the graduation ceremony tomorrow night you said that you was going to a party and hang out with your girlfriend, Melissa. We wanted to take you out to dinner but you wanted to spend most of your time with Melissa and the guys. You’ve passed the Identity stage according to Erikson. Now your into the Intimacy stage, you formed a bond or personal relationship. We’ve given you a lot of guidance throughout it all. We taught you right for wrong and we’ve given you your own decisions. We are so happy that you are making the right decisions by furthering your education. Kohlberg would say that you are in the Conventional stage, action in terms of love and approval of family and friends. We couldn’t be more proud of you, you’ve done everything that was expected of you. We love so much Elijah Malik Hodge.
My Reflections After viewing Nyjai and Muhammad’s assignment I was able to evaluate the effectiveness of using Power Point to create a scrapbook to illustrate human development stages. Overall, I believe it was an effective tool that challenged the students to apply what they learned in psychology class about human development to a real-life scenario. Positives of this assignment include that: 1. Students were able to show understanding of the stages of human development by incorporating Piaget, Kholberg, Erikson, and Freud’s ideas of human stages of development. For instance, in the adolescence page they correctly explain how a teen spend much of their time with peers, makes decisions based off a approval, goes through puberty, and has the ability to think abstractly. They clearly connected concepts learned in class to real- world situation. 2. The students were able to be creative as they chose their own details to illustrate their understanding of development. For instance, they discussed how their school age child was learning about adjectives, which is appropriate for the concrete stage. This is not in their book, they had to make their own connections to get this response. A standardized test usually does not help students make personal connections, so this assessment is superior. Areas for improvement: 1. I thought the students could have made the scrapbook for creative. They did not use animation tools, insert videos, use graphic organizers, etc. I learned I need to familiarize the students with more technology options ahead of time and not assume they are so tech savvy. I might also consider having the student use Photo Story 3 next time so they could include audio and narration and have more creative options.