ECE 332: Early Childhood Development

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Early Childhood Development Nicole Jacobson ECE 332: Child Development Instructor Angela Coleman September 14, 2012 Early childhood ranges from ages two through six. These years are also known as the preschool years. Even though some growths are slower than that at the rate in infancy years, many physical changes occur during these four years. Many of the children’s cognitive skills also develop and become stronger at this age range as well. Most of what the children learn from at this stage is through play. Many cognitive, motor, social, emotional, and language developments occur during the early childhood stage and there are many ways for a parent and the teacher to enhance all of these important changes.…show more content…
Not only will the children speak efficiently and freely, they begin to use correct grammar such as plurals, pronouns, and tenses. Five to six year olds thinking process is still a bit naïve, they still confuse make believe and reality at times, and do not use logical thinking aside from that slight delay, they are well on their way to middle childhood years and will grasp these concepts in no time at all. Social and emotional development at this late stage in the early childhood years can be easily persuaded. Children at these ages love to mimic adults and older children. Even though he children are now able to distinguish right from wrong and honesty from dishonesty, they do not perceive or recognize the intent of all actions. We as parents and as teachers must be aware of what is going on around these children and be sure that they are playing age appropriate activities and are engaged in age appropriate conversations with…show more content…
Teachers and parents can provide flash cards with pictures or colors for the children to turn over and then try to remember where they had seen the matching card. There are also games such as concentration that can be bought at stores that are structured to improve memory skills within children in the early childhood stages of development. Children can also be asked to make an art project that would ask them to express how they feel and then will indicate how the children how the concept appears to them. By expressing themselves through art, this will also help them develop their language and vocabulary skills. Reading and hands-on activities will help teach the children to think more critically and logically. It is very important for teachers and parents to help enhance a child’s cognitive, motor, social, emotional, and language development during the early childhood or preschool years.

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