Areas of Children's Development
Well-Being and (Gross and Fine) Motor Development
A child's health is
connected to preparedness for school and performance in school.
Optimal motor development is essential, from the large/gross
motor movements that occur on the playground to the small/fine
motor work required for holding a crayon or putting together
and Emotional Development
meaning to school experiences. Stable interactions in children's
early lives provide a sense of well-being that enables children
to participate positively in classroom activities. Emotional
support and secure relationships help children acquire such
characteristics as self-confidence and the ability to function
as a member of a group.
A child can be successful
in school in many ways, and these approaches vary within and
between cultures. By understanding the various styles that involve
children in learning, adults can encourage and increase a child's
engagement. Curiosity, creativity, independence, cooperation,
and persistence are some of the approaches that enhance early
learning and development.
children to participate in both the cognitive and affective
parts of the educational program. Experience with written and
oral language provides children with the tools to interact with
others, and to represent their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Communicating effectively with adults and other children and
having experiences with diverse forms of language are basic
parts of this dimension.
and General Knowledge
Children need opportunities
to interact with people and materials in their environment,
and to learn from their surroundings. Experiences in learning
settings with skilled and appropriate adult interaction allow
children to construct knowledge of patterns and relations, cause
and effect, and ways of solving problems in everyday life.