The Basics of Early Childhood Development

explanatory Essay
2127 words
2127 words

“If you think about the brain and the brain development if we don’t stimulate the brain then of course there is going to be lack of development.” (“Unruh”). Development is sempiternal in life, it moves through many stages into life such as learning to grasp a fork properly to grasping the thought of death. General development stages begin at birth and last till about age of 18, but the most important development stages start from birth and last till about six years of age. These early stages will affect how one will behave, interpret, and learn throughout the duration of one’s life. While bodily changes are rapidly occurring and the beginning of thought, opinion, and reason are just forming. It is important to understand as future parents or caregivers how and when their child, even if premature, is developing socially, cognitively, or physically. Now there are development standards defined and expectations of a child as a whole. The development standards define the milestones a child should pass by a certain age. These milestones are basically “what children should know and be able to do”. (Shala 7). Because of this early childhood development’s main goal is to thoroughly progress a child’s potential in their social, motor, and cognitive development. (“Early” 1). While development itself is made up of changes in the amount of difficulty attempting certain activities and acquiring skills, gradual movement from basic to complex adjustments in learning, and gaining new ways to move one's body. (Damovska et al 13). For this reason it has become dire for programs to exist that are aimed at younger groups of children so that their mental and social development may continue on track. (“Early” 1). While their level of behavioral unde... ... middle of paper ... ...English/3-childrensdevelopment.html>. "Physical and Cognitive Development." N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Nov. 2013. . "Ready To Learn DC - Part One - Why preschool is so important.." Vimeo. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2013. . Shala, Merita et al. "Early Learning Development Standards for Children Age 0-6." Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2012. . "Social and Personality Growth: Age 0–2." Social and Personality Growth: Age 0–2. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. . Unruh, Patricia. Personal Interview. 21 November 2013.

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  • Explains that development is sempiternal in life, and it moves through many stages into life such as learning to grasp a fork properly. the most important development stages start from birth and last until about six years of age.
  • Explains that early childhood development is about progressing a child's social, motor, and cognitive development.
  • Explains that cognitive development is a topic of research for psychologists and argues that piaget chose to categorize development in stages.
  • Explains that infants and toddlers utilize vision, hearing, touching, grasping, and sucking to learn about things in their environment. the sensorimotor stage is where newborns gain the abilities to observe and form insight.
  • Explains that motor development is the foundation for future speech enhancement, cognitive development, social competence, and emotional understanding.
  • Explains that social and emotional development deals with interactions with others rather than personal thought or movement. positive experiences with adults, especially caregivers, and a secure environment during the first years of an infant and toddler's life are crucial for their futures.
  • Concludes that it is crucial to understand where any given child stands in development, especially early childhood.
  • Explains baby first - premature baby development and cognitive development: age 0–6. damovska, lena et al.
  • Describes strategies to avoid the loss of developmental potential in more than 200 million children in the developing world.
  • Explains that early learning development standards for children age 0-6 are available from the ministry of education, science and technology.
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