I used Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson do analyze their cognitive abilities. I also wanted to explore Kohlberg’s Moral Reasoning Theory. Throughout this process I wanted to discover where he was cognitively and morally. My 4 year old son, Joseph was my main man for this assignment. He is a very brilliant child, who absolutely loves to learn anything new. He has just started pre-kindergarten this year and his brain is like a sponge, constantly absorbing new material that he learns in school.
I chose to work with my son because this is the same age that I thought I would be interested in teaching. I have always loved young children and watching them learn new things. While thinking of things to teach Joseph, it became quite the process for me. I wanted him to educationally grow, while keeping it fun, exciting and introducing him to something new at the same time. In my family, we are quite competitive and love spending time together. Joseph is now at an age where we can start experimenting with different games.
Th. .g catered to, to where everything is all about them. So it is only natural for them to be egocentric at this age. It will be my job as a teacher and a parent to teach these children how to think about other people in this world and go from a pre-conventional thought process to a conventional one. As a teacher to make sure that every child might be on a different level cognitively and socially.
Children at this age will just be learning about moral reasoning, realizing the world does not revolve around them. I will constantly need to strive to make sure I am pushing children to their Zone of Proximal Development, and if they are not there I need to figure out how to get them there by scaffolding them. Each child will be a unique individual and it will be my goal as a teacher to help them reach their full potential, while making sure they are not being pushed too far.