Wed 30 Mar 2005
Friday the 25th of March was my third visit to the UCP: Children’s Center in Camp Hill. This trip was different because I actually got to engage and play with the kids this week. Since it was a Friday, and there were only two other adults this week, I had my hands full in taking care of the kids. There weren’t as many kids, only six, because parents were off for Easter and didn’t need to bring their children in. The day started with putting up paper all over the walls so the kids could draw and write. The other adults and I helped the kids spell out their names and certain words, being that they are only three years old and not really the best readers in the world. The whole day had an Easter theme, because an Easter story followed this, read by one of the adults. Two of the kids had trouble sitting still, one child with intense ADD and one child with a mental disability. So not even being able to get through the whole story, she put a video on instead for the rest of the time and the kids instantly shut up.
I think that putting up this paper so the kids can learn how to spell certain things is obviously good for their learning abilities, but it totally made me think that this would only provoke them to write on the walls at home; a piece of paper would have been equally as educational rather than having them write on the walls. I also noticed that the child with ADD would only be quiet when the adults gave him snacks. This also made me think that this kid would learn to associate his behavior with getting rewards, also not a good thing. Lastly, on a positive note, for the first time I noticed that the adults called the kids “friends” rather than “kids”. This put the kids on a more equal level and would help them behave better possibly.
I think that I would have done the same Easter theme for the kids, which was a great idea because kids love candy. Also, I can relate to the adults in that they put a video on to calm the kids down, I would have done the same in this aspect too because the kids wouldn’t behave, so what better than TV to save the day. The adults handle the kids very well and I can learn how to handle them better by some of the techniques that they use, other than giving them food to shut them up and letting them write on the walls.