Students enrolled in Advanced Child Development at WRV work to understand the obstacles to logical thought by reading and discussing preschool stories.
White River Valley students enrolled in Child Development and Advanced Child Development get to investigate how children change and grow. It is so fun to talk about each age and stage and the important role adults play in the lives of children. I especially like talking about how children think and if you have ever talked to a preschooler, you know they are illogical.
When my son was 3 ½ years old we were on a walk in the woods. When we got to the end of the trail his grandma called and was there to pick him up. The next day we went on a walk and when we got to the end of the trail he looked up at me with his big baby blues eyes and asked, "Is Grammy here to pick me up?" This demonstrated one obstacle Jean Piget identified as transductive reasoning since Walter linked two events that do not actually go together.
Jean Piaget, child development theorist that developed Stages of Cognitive Development, identified five obstacles to logical thought that preschoolers experience during the Preoperational Stage.
• Preschoolers view the world through their eyes only - egocentrism (A)
• Preschoolers focus on one part of an object or event - centration (B)
• Preschoolers cannot see the steps and break them down in their mind to follow how something happened - Inability to follow transformations (C)
• Preschoolers can not rewind steps or events in their mind - Lack of reversibility (D)
• Preschoolers tend to associate events that do not go together - transductive reasoning (E)
These ways of thinking are so unique to the preschool child and should be recognized and appreciated. In class, students read information, watched videos, listened to stories and shared experiences over preschoolers obstacles to logical thought.
After discussing each obstacle, students moved around the room to read stories about preschoolers experiencing these obstacles to logical thought. They identified the obstacle, explained the reasoning and wrote their own stories to depict one obstacle.
Can you identify the obstacles to logic thought happening in these scenarios created by WRV students?
1. “I was with my cousin and she wanted some apples. I cut the apple into fourths, then I cut her two pieces in half again. I left my two slices whole. She thought that she got more apples than I did and offered me some of hers.” - Alison Welch
2. “We were counting money and my niece thought two one dollar bills were worth more than one twenty dollar bill since there were two bills.” - Lyric Shaw
3. “When I was little, my cousin and I always made cookies with my grandma. One time, grandma gave us each five cookies. I got upset because I thought my cousin had more cookies. She had stacks of cookies, and mine were laid out.” - Casey Baker
4. “Ellie’s grandma took her bowling on Saturday for her birthday. The following Saturday, Ellie asked her grandma why she wasn’t taking her bowling. Ellie said, ‘It’s Saturday again! We go bowling!’” -Keelin Coulter
5. “Trevor’s favorite color is green and min is blue. When we were playing with blocks I asked Trevor to hand me my favorite block and he handed me a green one.” -Kaylee Bolton
Preschoolers grow intellectually in so many ways, understanding so much more about concepts and the world around them, but they do experience many obstacles when it comes to logical thought. These obstacles are part of what makes children and their thinking special. Take time to talk to preschoolers in your life and enjoy their thinking process.
(Answers: 1. D, 2. B, 3.C, 4. E ,5. A)
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner