Parenting

Children Learning Development

Children are like blank CDs. That’s because they are learning all the time and parents can write anything that they want on those discs. Children store all the things that they learn when they are young. For this reason,

children learning development

has a greater importance than most parents realize.

What is Learning?

Learning is the process of attaining knowledge, understanding or any skill through being taught or through practice that result in changes of behavior.

How Do They Think?

Children are really full of thoughts and ideas. If you pay attention, you will see that their thoughts are quite different from adults’ thoughts. There are four different stages that children go through when they are learning.

1.) Sensorimotor

This first stage covers the years between birth and two years. During these years, children learn through their five senses. Children touch, hold, listen, taste, look, feel and shake things and learn so much this way. Then they develop their motor skills like jumping, crawling etc. As parents or care-givers, you need to be more careful during this stage to protect your children who do not yet understand danger.

2.) Preoperational

This stage covers the years between two and seven years of age. During this period, children are busy absorbing information. Children think very specifically and need guidance to learn to think laterally. For example, they initially may think that a ball is just something that you throw. They need to be shown how to explore and experiment so that they learn that a ball can also be rolled, bounced etc. They have so many questions as they are naturally curious and eager to learn.

3.) Concrete Operations

This stage, which is the third part of children learning development, covers the years between seven and eleven. In this stage, they try to apply the various bits of knowledge to explain situations or phenomena. For example, if you asked your child ‘How does God hear our prayers?’ he/she may well reply ”God has really big ears.” Some other children, building on the foundation bricks of knowledge that they have picked up may conclude that “God made some special earphones so He can hear anything.”

4.) Formal Operations

This stage covers the years after the age of eleven. This is when children test boundaries. They do not necessarily have to be rebellious but as they work toward independence they begin to question restrictions placed on them when they were younger. Children will need to develop some cognitive abilities such as:

  • Knowledge of facts “remembering names and dates etc.
  • Comprehension “understanding  ideas and concepts
  • Application “achieving the ability to use the understanding of facts to a particular situation.
  • Analysis “dividing a situation or problem into concepts or smaller parts
  • Synthesis “putting together different information to arrive at a different conclusion
  • Evaluation “assessing the information against other information they already obtained..

Children learning development is very important and awareness of the learning processes will enable you to help your children to learn well.

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