Supporting Learning In Early Childhood

Throughout the course, you have explored development starting even before birth. This week, you had the chance to discover the many changes that occur during early childhood. For this discussion, you will continue to support Paul and Amy and provide them with information about the exciting development that is occurring within their 1st grader.

To prepare for this discussion,

· Read Chapter 11: Physical Development in Middle Childhood

· Read Chapter 12: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

· Watch  The Theory of Mind TestLinks to an external site.

· Watch  Piaget’s Stages of DevelopmentLinks to an external site.


For this discussion, use the case study below:


Case Study

Just like that, Charlie was off to 1st grade. Paul and Amy love listening to Charlie talk all about her day at school. They are particularly intrigued by all the information Charlie shares about what she is learning. She says she loves working in groups with her friends and playing Red Rover at recess is her favorite! Paul and Amy have also noticed that lately, Charlie is able to complete more complex tasks and work through things that are challenging, without getting as easily frustrated.


In your initial post,

· Explain how advances in thinking during the concrete operational stage will allow you to incorporate more complex tasks into your daily routine.

· Discuss why small cooperative groups are a developmentally appropriate format for learning in early childhood.

· Describe how incorporating games, such as hopscotch or tag, can support both physical and cognitive development in early childhood.




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