How Children Learn

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One of the best gifts that you can give your child is to provide yourself with the knowledge of how children learn.

Without understanding the HOW’s, you won’t get the WHY’s…and the WHY’s are important for understanding your child’s emotions.

 

So here is the first point to remember when thinking about your child’s development:

Children develop sequentially

  • All children follow the same pattern of growth and development.

(We’ll discuss what that sequence looks like in following posts.)

Therefore, barring any disability, all children basically follow the same SEQUENCE of skill acquisition.

These areas of development–or areas of DOMAIN— cannot be rushed, taught or even tolerated   before that particular child is ready for it.

However, these  areas can be strengthened through facilitating appropriate activities, thus allowing the child to move on to the next developmental step.

Knowing how to facilitate the strengthening of each developmental step to the next is what “the professionals” know how to do. Once YOU are provided with the same information, the same LANGUAGE OR TERMINOLOGY, you too will be just as “qualified” to facilitate your child’s progress. You probably are already doing it now without even realizing it!

I want you to have the same VOCABULARY as the “professionals” so that you can see that YOU ARE providing the best learning environment for your child–even better than a “professional” institution, because no place is better than home for a child under six years old.

You, as the parent, are the most influential teacher in your child’s life!

Always remember the YOU are already a SPECIALIST in the area of your child!

Also, each child is UNIQUE and therefore each child develops in his or her own UNIQUE way. So while there is a standard sequence and a GENERAL TIMELINE for reaching certain milestones, each child is created to reach those milestones in his or her OWN TIMELINE.

So again, barring any disability, remember that each child progresses in his or her own way–which means you do NOT want to compare your child’s development with other children you know.

There are so many factors to consider in each child’s life that comparing is counterproductive.

ENJOY your child’s uniqueness to the fullest, while at the same time, arm yourself with knowledge so that you can MAXIMIZE these VERY CRITICAL early years.

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