Felisha Ell Psychology 30 Ms. Macpherson Dec. 1, 2017 The Sandlot Every single person on earth has gone through the stage of middle childhood in their lives; it is inevitable. This stage is an important time in an individual’s life as it provides them the opportunity to experience new challenges and to make new friends and relationships. Middle childhood is a time of slow yet steady growth of a person in the aspects of physical, mental, and emotional development. In the movie The Sandlot, the young boys show visible signs of school-age development which include the concept of self-esteem, showing interests in the opposite sex, and overcoming challenges. While there are many other things that imply development in school-age children, these three topics are the most prominent in the film. The main protagonist of the film, Scotty Smalls, is introduced as a straight-A, friendless young boy who has just moved into a new neighborhood in new state. While …show more content…
Towards the end of the film, the boys are trying to get back Small’s stepfather’s baseball, which has been accidentally hit into the monster’s territory. As the other boys are too afraid of getting hurt, Benny decides to do the deed after being encouraged by his idol’s, Babe Ruth’s, spirit. In the end, Benny manages to retrieve the ball and overcome the monster. After everything, they find out that the monster is just a lonely dog named Hercules. Before getting the ball, Benny has doubts about how he can do it, but ultimately decides to do so. This shows that school-age children are willing to take risks and try to overcome challenges. This is important for a child of this age because it builds confidence and character to the child. By trying new things, middle childhood children learn about the world around them and makes them realize what they can and cannot
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Papalia, D. E., & Feldman, R. D., (1975-2011). A Child’s World: Infancy through Adolescence. (12thed.)In M. Campbell & H. Paulsen (Eds.), Psychological Development in Adolescence (pg. 463) New York, NY: Mcgraw-Hill.
In both the movie The Sandlot and the book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, there is a rumored, evil and mysterious entity that terrifies its victims through the stories that have been spoken or told and changed over time. In the book and the movie, both Mr. Radley’s house and The Beasts domain are depicted as unknown, eerie places of solitude, known only by the people or things that live there. The nine friends that play baseball at the sandlot and Scout and Jem’s house both lie next to their mysterious neighbors, making anything that happens their problem and giving the kids from both stories fresh adventure ideas. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the Radley’s and their house are depicted in writing as a lonelier, more mysterious place, Harper Lee describes the Radley’s in writing as, “The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb” (Lee 11). In The Sandlot, all of
This stage is important to the social development of the child as it paves their progressive path into adolescence and later adulthood. Childhood friendships also tend to display the characteristics or situations that society has developed. The sandlot has multiple social contexts of friendships from gender and age-related differences within the types of play that the children engage in. These social contexts are seen though out the film. “The important psychological benefits that a child gains from friendship are an increased self-esteem, a greater emotional intelligence, and an enhanced set of social skills.” (Salisch,
New developmental tasks are undertaken in middle childhood and development occurs within the physical, cognitive, cultural identity, emotional, and social dimensions, Although each developmental domain is considered separately for our analytical purposes, changes in the developing child reflects the dynamic interaction continuously occurring across these dimensions. For this specific case study, I will only be discussing two of these domains, which are the social development and the physical development.
My observation at the elementary school gave me a better understanding of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics that are typical of middle childhood. I saw how highly they value the stability given by rules, and the ways in which they interact among the social structures. I also noticed the seven year old boy have incredible self-control and the way his friends empathized with him afterwards. Finally, I witnessed the behavioral aspect of Piaget’s concrete operational stage in action.
Berger, K. S. (2012). The developing person: through childhood and adolescence. (9th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
The movie being analyzed is the Sandlot. The relationship between the two main characters is a friendship, which begins with one boy who is desperate for friends and another who is searching for The Sandlot’s last teammate. The friendship between Benny and Small’s is an accurate depiction of the development of friendship in real life. In the movie, Scotty Smalls (Smalls) moves to a new neighborhood. One of his new neighbors happens to be the best baseball player in the neighborhood, Benny, who eventually teaches Smalls how to catch and throw so that the team has a ninth player. What begins as filling a baseball position eventually leads to a strong bond between the two main characters. Throughout the summer, the team plays baseball, goes swimming, plays baseball, goes to the fair, and plays baseball. A dog known as “The Beast” lives behind the fence of The Sandlot. The Beast is said to have eaten every baseball and person that has ever been on the other side of that fence, so when the boys hit Small’s stepfather’s signed baseball over the fence, they have to come together to retrieve the baseball. In the movie The Sandlot, directed by David M. Evans, the development of the friendship between Scott Smalls and Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez is conveyed through their communication. The Sandlot shows the progression of a friendship and the importance of communication to help a friendship flourish.
Initially, Rios illustrates a young boy perplexed by a new-found maturity. As the maturation from childhood to adolescence begins, he is facing unfamiliar feelings about the opposite sex. An example of this is apparent as Rios explains that the boy cannot talk to girls anymore; at least “not the same way we used to” (Rios 453). Since his emotions have new depth and maturity, the young boy realizes the nature of his friendships has changed. Innocence is further lost as the girls who are former friends, “weren’t the same girls we used to know” (453). The boy has matured from his casual, youthful interactions, and is now seeing the girls in a new light. Another example of his maturity manifests sexually as he reflects about the girls, “and all the things we wanted to do with them” (454). Although he is unsure how to act upon his thoughts, the innocence is none the less tainted by his desires for mature relations with the young girls. The maturity and sexual maturity bring forth a storm of emotions that prove to be both exhilarating and confusing for the young boy.
Papalia, Diane E, Sally W. Olds, and Ruth D. Feldman. A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004. Print. The author is a child development and psychology professor. This is an anthology with strictly objective information. The content is broken down into physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developments of different stages of childhood.
Looking back as a child we often laugh at all the silly things we did as a child. Middle childhood is a developing stage for childhood and helps shape the person we are today. In the film “The Sandlot” a young boy and his friends demonstrate the characteristic of middle childhood in their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
Middle childhood is the time where children start to fully develop their skills. They develop their comprehension skills, communication skills, and many more. In order to get a better look into the life of children during this stage, I decided to observe my niece’s friend, Ryan, who is almost at the end of her middle childhood stage. Ryan is an eleven year old girl who attends Bassett Elementary. I choose to observe Ryan because, she is a very unique girl who does not always fit into what the average girl her age is like.
Throughout our life, it can be marked by developmental changes in every domain of life: our physical, cognitive, social, personalities, and morals. Due to some important researchers such as Erickson, Freud, Piaget we are able to understand the development of each of these domains. Each stage of it’s life has it’s own difficulties and events that can determine a person’s life (Mogler, 2008). During the stages of adolescence, they are very vulnerable to a lot going on in their life such as fitting in, peers, family, school, activities, and society, and not to forget the ups and downs of puberty. Adolescence can be viewed as a huge part of many children’s lives where in this part of their life they try to find teenagers experience physical, cognitive,
Childhood is the most precious time of a person’s life, full of new discoveries and observations about the world around them. Children learn to become independent and take care of themselves. Their curious eyes explore everything around them and they absorb knowledge from their parents and their teachers. They also learn to make friends and learn how to share with one another. As children get older, they learn how to bond with others in school and become more involved with sports and learning how to be in a group setting. Middle childhood is when children are between the ages of 6 to 12 years of age. They are learning the foundations of forming friendships, learning morals, and being active members at school and at home. During middle childhood, children go through physical, emotional, cognitive, and affective changes that help them define themselves as individuals and how parents can promote their child’s growth and development during this stage of life.