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Early Childhood Education Are Important Learning years

Arthur has a Ph.D. and is a substitute teacher in Virginia Public Schools. He is also a Technology Leader and an Educational Consultant.


Early Childhood Education Are Important Learning years

Rapid growth occurs in the children's aesthetic, cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical competence. Early childhood education lays the foundation for adolescents and skills in every developmental domain. The developmental parts are Physical, Social, Cognitive, Communicative, and adaptive. We must understand that early childhood education teaches coordination through writing, dancing, and movement. Early education lesson plans will consist of all the domains, and all these skills need to be mastered for complete success.

Let's take a look at these developmental domains.

The physical domain is essential for mastering movement. Children need to learn balance and fine and gross motor skills. During the years, children's balance improves with their ability to throw a ball and walk up and downstairs. Children must have recess, especially in the early years, to enhance their physical domain development.

The social development domain refers to a child's ability to maintain relationships. Children in Pre-K and Kindergarten may not have been around many other children their age. As they come to school, it is essential to have children work in groups to develop their conflict resolution skills.

At this early age, children enjoy working in groups and begin to understand how to play pretty. They also learn to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Children at this stage in their learning still enjoy imaginative play with their friends.

The Cognitive development of a child includes skills about learning and thinking. Colors are vital to a child's development and sorting of objects. It works because it increases the child's attention span. After all, children are mesmerized by colors.

By the end of early childhood, the goal is that the child can count to 10, know their colors, and read their name. According to the Child Development Institute, "Cognitive development helps the child differentiate between fact and fiction to distinguish between truth and lies."

The communicative development includes even the little classroom chatterbox. Communicative action consists of a child's understanding of the spoken word and the verbal expression of themselves.

During early childhood, your child will go from speaking in short sentences to speaking more than five words. At first, their speech will be broken and not understandable to strangers, but even strangers will understand them as they progress.

Once children have become comfortable with their communication, they begin to share personal information and experiences. At this stage, they begin to be able to have back and forth conversations.

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Adaptive skills are used for daily living like dressing, eating, washing up, and using the bathroom. Children begin to dress themselves without assistance, and mostly it looks awkward, but during this stage, they will become confident with dressing themselves. As the child grows during these stages, they will be able to use buttons and snaps and go to the bathroom independently.

So why is Early Childhood education important?

Children learn things at an incredible rate, almost every second. They know things like how to use a fork to eat and read, and education makes a big difference in how they organize the information they learn.

Most children and even adults learn because of education and not natural talent. The education they receive and who they look up to play a large part in what they will ultimately become. Children in early childhood attend classes with other children their age, which teaches them how to socialize and build relationships. When children attend Pre-school, they have a much easier time interacting with peers and teachers.

According to UNESCO, early childhood education is about more than preparation for more school. It helps develop a child's social, cognitive, emotional, and physical needs. From there, they have the potential to grow into caring, responsible, and capable adults.

From birth to 5 years, a child's brain develops faster than in any other stage of life. The brain completes about 90% of its growth even before a child begins kindergarten. Taking advantage of this time when a child's mind is quickly developing is essential to ensure future success. Children that do not take advantage of ECE will not always build their brain capacity to its full potential.

Children must adapt socialization and social skill outside the home in an ECE setting. When they learn to socialize with others, including their peers and teachers, it simplifies education later in life.

Early socialization requires both participation and modeling from adults. When children at the early stages of their lives have guidance, they benefit from learning how to cooperate with others.

Children must be in a safe environment to learn their skills; this improves their relationships with others. If a child does not feel safe, they will not gain self-confidence, which will hinder their self-efficacy in their adult lives. A safe environment promotes the enjoyment of learning.

Through early childhood education, the lessons given by teachers with a sense of fun and excitement. Once children learn that learning is an enjoyable experience, they accept more challenges that prepare them for challenges they encounter later in life.

ECE is essential because it allows children to fulfill their potential, grow their skills, and home in on their talents. ECE has a positive impact on our entire society.

© 2022 Dr Arthur Burton

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