“ During the last 10 years, there has been an explosion 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. We all want our children
to be the best that they can be, and 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, and at school too, to help them reach their potential.
progress faster than others and that the time spent in stages does not reflect their intelligence. They may have a personality which needs to move slower in order to enjoy life and really internalize their learning.
Learning is a complex process that develops through stages. It builds on innate abilities that are inherited and genetically coded at birth. Very few of us learn anywhere near our maximum capacity as established by our innate skills. This is why both study and practice rewards most people with growth in learning and performance. The flow of our learning development progresses through the stages of sensory and motor skills, cognitive abilities, and finally results in the ability to assimilate formal instruction. A deficiency in any one stage can result in problems in the following dependent stages.
We know from research that two factors influence how your child succeeds and grows: genes and environment.
One of the factors that influence our child's development is their genetic makeup or "genes." Some people refer to this as "nature." Genes are the genetic material we pass onto our children
are born with their "genes" in place. These genes act like a blueprint for what characteristics a child may have. For example, genes determine if a child will have blue eyes or brown eyes; they also determine if he will be left- or right-handed.
The other factor that influences child development is the environment. This includes experiences children
have in their home, school and community environments. Some people refer to this as "nurture." The environment can either improve or harm a child's genetic blueprint. For example, malnourished children
who live in third world countries may not reach their IQ potential because of the impact of their environment on their brain development.
We often think we need to run out and buy special toys, music and games to stimulate our child's development, but we have to remind ourselves that it is more important to provide the following, every-day activities you can do with your child to encourage brain development.
lots of love and attention, no matter what a child's age, holding, hugging, and listening are important ways to show child they matter.
As well as interacting with children
by talking, singing, playing, eating, and reading will grow up feeling special and important . Moreover even adults will also learn a lot about the children
s' interests and skills.
Reading a lot! Research has shown that children
who are read to by their parents have a larger vocabulary than other children
. Reading also provides children
with new perspectives about the world we live in.
Simple parenting skills for helping children
to learn how to behave. The most important parenting skills are having consistent rules, rewarding behaviors you want to see your child do more of, and having consequences for behaviors you do not want your child to continue to do.
Child development is a process every child goes through. This process involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and tying shoes. children
learn these skills, called developmental milestones, during predictable time periods.
Milestones develop in a sequential fashion. This means that a child will need to develop some skills before he or she can develop new skills. For example, children
must first learn to crawl and to pull up to a standing position before they are able to walk. Each milestone that a child acquires builds on the last milestone developed.
Each child is unique: it is the adult responsibility to feel empathy according to child nature so to let the development process flow as it needs”