“Babies”. Is a documentary made by the Thomas Balmés. It offers a window on the lives of four infants in four completely different cultures. This is not a usual kind of documentary; there are no narration, no subtitles and actual dialogue was very minimal. The film explores childhood rituals, enculturation, socialization and parenthood. I will try to explore each of these themes and try to make the case that behaviors, values and fears are learned not something congenital. It has, in my opinion, comparative perspectives and different methods in rearing children in different societies. It achieves this by cutting the scenes in certain ways to show the differences between these different children. For example, in one part of the film, both Bayarjargal (the Mongolian child) and Mari (the Japanese child) were playing with their pet cats and then the two scenes were edited to a shot of Ponijo (the Namibian child) looking interested in flies. The four children developed in somewhat similar ways. However, there are differences in their behaviors due to the enculturation by seeing their parents or siblings who were doing what they thought to be the norms and the obvious landscape in which they are brought up. Two of the kids were born in rural areas (Namibia and Mongolia) and two were born in urban areas (the United States and Japan). The mothers of these infants were interviewed and chosen to be in the film
Because the film Babies just shows the first years of life. This stage is centered on the fact that infants have a limited knowledge about their world. They have to use skills they were born with to gather facts and information about the environment. These skills include looking, sucking, grasping, listening and any other reflexes. In sensorimotor stages, infants gain knowledge through sensory experiences and manipulating objects(Cherry, Piaget 's Stages of Cognitive Theory Development). This stage is also divided into six substages: reflexes, primary circular reactions secondary circular reactions, coordination of reactions, tertiary circular reactions, and early representational thought. Object permanence is one of the accomplishments during this stage of development. Object permanence is when an object continues to exist even if you cannot see it or hear it. We can see this stage developing in all these babies. One thing that I notice was when Bayarijargal saw his feet for the first time. He could not stop touching them. He wanted to put them in his mouth. For a child in this stage of life, they understand their environment through reflexes such as putting things in their mouths. Ponijao does the same thing when we see her putting rocks and sticks in her
As we have been learning this semester in class, the experiences and ecological settings in which a child grows up in are important in giving each child their uniqueness. According to Bronfenbrenner, the degree to which individuals realize their potentials and develop their abilities is determined by interactions and experiences (Berns, 2016). It is evident that these interactions and experiences can come from different sources. In order to understand how a child’s development is influenced by their environment, it is important to know how their biological, social, and psychological characteristics are shaped
Who we are is directly related to our environment that we are nurtured around. Our development is essential to who we are as adults and will be the very fabric connected to how, what and why we act and think the way we do. I’ve decided to talk about early childhood development, which plays the most crucial part in the foundation of who we will be. At this stage we are sponges soaking up this new world we are now apart of. I will discuss physical development, cognitive development and psychosocial development pertains to early childhood development.
The film Babies is a film that follows four babies from San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia, and Namibia through their first year of life. The film has no talking or narrative. In many scenes, you don’t even see adults. This helps you get to see a baby’s perspective on the world. This movie showed how different cultures are when it comes to raising children.
I. Social Context & Topic: Every work exists within a social and cultural framework. Analyze the contemporary social elements that this work is reacting to. Explain the topic and the contemporary issues surrounding your product.
The mind of an infant and toddler is a sponge to language. Whether or not the child is able to speak, their brain is rehearsing and affirming the linguistic structures they hear, and the period of baby talk—called “babbling”—is a crucial time of experimentation with sound. During this time, the child will babble while in social situations in order to see which phonological structures receive positive responses from their parents—i.e. which combinations of sounds elicit responses. If a child cannot hear the sounds that their language offers, the child does not have the opportunity to babble. A child with significant hearing loss will still make sounds in infancy, but will quickly cease due to the lack of response and the fact that they cannot hear the sounds they are making and so cannot affirm them for themselves.
Shonkoff, J. P., M.D. (2007). The science of early childhood development: Closing the gap between what we know and what we do - center on the developing child - Harvard university The National Scientific Council in the Developing Child, 2012-1-16. doi: http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu
Children’s development grows in developmental stages and is also contributed by their own cultural settings. Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky both contributed to the understanding of children’s psychology. Piaget and Vygotsky have theories of development that I agree with. Piaget’s theory was that children go through four different stages during their development. He believed in the influence of learning from others (Woolfolk, 43). I compare my cousin Jayel to the chart that Piaget has created. According to Piaget’s Chart, Jayel is in the sensorimotor stage because he is within the age of 0-2 years old. The baby is learning through his senses of seeing, hearing and even touching. He has even begun to imitate the people around him as well. Jayel
In every country of the world, different cultures are seen. Each culture has a different way of raising children and that is seen in the film Babies. Kids are raised differently depending on the resources available and the economic situation of the country and that is clearly seen in this film. The methods of childrearing are completely different in each of the countries covered in the film, but that is because in each country the kids are being raised for different types of futures. Babies are raised differently depending on the culture and location, however, the one thing that does not change throughout the film is that the mothers care extensively for their babies.
Over time, there has been an expansion in our knowledge of the ways in which humans develop and learn. It is now known that babies are beginning to learn even before they are born. I often find myself wishing I had known these things when my children were developing. We all want our children to be the best that they can be; with some knowledge of how children learn and the sequential steps they must go through in many areas of development, we can provide many experiences at home to help them reach their potential. When educators discuss children 's development, they usually talk about physical, mental, social, and emotional development.
We all experience life differently and we never have two of the same outcomes. All over the world you may never realize how someone else is born, raised, and cared for. No two mothers care for the children the same and this causes many different outcomes with the human race. Today I’m going to compare four different babies and how they were brought into this world. Ranging from one side of the earth to the other you will see how drastically different these children are and also how similar they may be as well. There are many aspects of these children’s lives that are comparable, but the ones that stand out the most are how these children were born, how much interaction they had with their families and the environment that they live in. Now let me take you into the lives of four very unique children including: Mari from Japan, Hattie from the United States, Ponijao from Namibia, and Bayar from Mongolia.
When most people think of the process of language development in “normal” children, the concepts that come to mind are of babies imitating, picking up sounds and words from the speakers around them. Trying to imagine that a child who cannot hear one single sound a person makes can learn to speak a language is absolutely fascinating. These children range from amazin...
Nearly every member of the human race learns a language or more to the degree of proficiency only in the first few years of life. How children achieve this astonishing skill in such little time sparks controversial debates among linguists, psychologists, and scientists throughout centuries. Some believe that language is an innate ability possessed by all human beings due to the remarkable function of the brain while others maintain that language is learned from childhood experience. However, many are beginning to realize that nature and nurture go hand-in-hand when explaining how children develop their language(s). Despite the claims that language is either pre-learned or environmentally learned alone, the combination of both genes
Babies should be able to understand adult speaking and are able to after speak it but it cannot be told what to speak or hear. Crying is an important way of communication for infants. Infants have different styles of crying, and many mothers are able to differentiate what each cry indicates (UMM, 2013). Cognitive aspect