Reflective Journal Essay

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Reflective journal Think back to my infancy and early toddler months. That was a time when I learned about the world by touching, looking, manipulating, and listening. Now, as a two-year-old, the learning process has become more thoughtful. I grasp of language is increasing, and I am beginning to form mental images for things, actions, and concepts. I also can solve some problems in my head, performing mental trial-and-error instead of having to manipulate objects physically. And as my memory and intellectual abilities develop, I am beginning to understand simple time concepts, such as “You can play after you finish eating.” I am also starting to understand the relationship between objects. For instance, I’ll be able to match similar shapes when my parents give me shape sorting toys and simple jigsaw puzzles. I am also begun to recognize the purpose of numbers in counting objects—especially the number two. And as I understanding of cause and effect develop, I become much more interested in winding up toys and turning lights and appliances on and off. My parents also notice my toddler’s play growing more complex. Most noticeably, I start stringing together different activities to create a logical sequence. Instead of drifting randomly from one toy to another, I may first put a doll to bed and then cover it up. Or I may pretend to feed several dolls, one after the other. Over the next few years, I’ll put together longer and more elaborate sequences of make-believe, acting out much of my own daily routine, from getting up in the morning to taking a bath and going to bed at night. If we were to single out the major intellectual limitation at this age, it would be my feeling that everything that happens in my world is the result of something I has done. With a belief like this, it becomes very difficult for me to understand correctly such concepts as death, divorce,

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