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Exploring The Wonders About Child Psychology

Did you know that by the time your little one hits five years of age, their brain is already 90% grown, paving the way for a fantastic adventure of learning, and growing up?

Childhood is an extraordinary time filled with unforgettable moments. Child psychology is like a glimpse into their world. It's understanding how they think, feel, and behave as they grow up. Are you ready to uncover the secrets of child psychology to better understand your beloved little ones? Join in to discover the wonders of child psychology and extraordinary facts on this journey. 

 

Child Psychology: Significance

In simple terms, "Child Psychology" is decoding the emotions of our little ones. It explores the cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of a child's development and how these factors influence their perspective. 

 

Developmental Milestones: Childhood Stages

The path of childhood is marked by various stages each with its unique milestones. From the early days of infancy where their first smile steals our hearts to curious toddlerhood, each phase holds remarkable moments. These distinct stages of childhood can be defined as follows:

Infancy - In this stage, our little ones undergo rapid physical growth. They quickly master motor skills, and the first signs of communication start to emerge. In other words, they learn to babble!

Early Childhood - At this stage, our little ones develop language and social skills.

Middle Childhood - As children grow and reach this stage, their cognitive skills develop, and the significance of friendship and self-worth becomes a focal point.

Adolescence - This stage is marked by identity exploration, heightened independence, and coping with significant emotional changes. 

Each stage of childhood is a pinnacle of growth and development, laying the foundation for the remarkable individuals they will become. At Dibber International Preschools, we strive to make every child feel valued and create an environment conducive to their development and growth. 

 

Surprising Facts about Cognitive Development in Children  

Childhood is full of wonders, and child psychology helps us better understand our treasures. Here are some fascinating facts about children's cognitive development according to UNICEF.

  1. From birth, children see and hear.  

Remember that beautiful moment when your child first smiled at you? It was pure magic, right? From birth, children can see and hear, so it is a wonderful time to start talking to them. We're not just talking about baby talk; introducing words like mom, dad, or even their name can be incredibly joyful. There's nothing more delightful than hearing your child's first word!

2. Infants require constant and attentive care.

When our little ones enter the world, they can't even support their own heads. They rely on gentle care to feel comfortable and secure. Children respond to the smallest movements and sounds. When you respond to them, the bond with your child becomes stronger than ever. So, the next time your child follows you like a shadow, pay attention and listen.

3. About 90% of their brain development is completed by age 5.

By the 5th year of life, most of your child's brain development is already complete – imagine, 90%! It's an incredible time when their minds absorb knowledge like little sponges! We all want our children to learn as much as possible during their early growth period. These initial years are a perfect time to instill wonderful skills and values such as painting or other forms of creative art, high moral standards, humility, and much more.

4. Children need a safe environment for learning.

Creating a safe environment is crucial for children's learning. When they feel secure, they are more inclined to explore, ask questions, and discover new experiences. In a safe environment, their curiosity flourishes, and they develop both mentally and physically.

5. A young child's brain reflects structures found in the adult brain.

These brain structures work similarly, performing the same functions through the same mechanisms. For example, in the field of sciences, understanding concepts can depend on the activity of neurons in areas related to vision, space, memory, deduction, and movement in both brain hemispheres. 

6. Young children learn new words at an astonishing rate.

Around the 16th month of life, children on average acquire over 10 words per day, resulting in about 55 words in their vocabulary. By the 23rd month (around 2 years), this typically grows to about 225 words. It's amazing how, by the age of 6, their vocabulary expands to over 6000 words! Between 1 and 2 years old, their vocabulary can vary widely, ranging from 0 to over 500 words!

7. Experiences are essential for acquiring knowledge and learning.

The brain absorbs knowledge like a sponge from all experiences it encounters. However, as cognitive ideas are scattered across networks of neurons, continuous learning is immensely important. This emphasizes the importance of commonalities in different learning experiences and the existence of multiple perceptions of experiences (such as representations of movement and visual stimuli). 

 

This highlights the importance of utilizing multisensory teaching methods.

Understanding your child's mind is like decoding a secret map; delving into child psychology reveals extraordinary insights into their world. Remember, every laugh, curious question, and all those tantrums are like little breadcrumbs leading us into their unique universe. Dear parents and caregivers, let's continue this journey of understanding and supporting these emerging minds. Yes, it's a rollercoaster ride full of surprises, but we assure you, it will never be boring!

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