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5 Key Areas of Child Development

Most children tend to develop in the same way, which is not to say that they will be the same, only that these stages of development are common in every child’s life. As a parent, it is up to you to identify these stages and guide your child through them to the best of your ability. And we want to make that as easy as possible for you.

Read on for a basic breakdown of the five key areas of child development:

1. Physical Health, Well-Being, and Movement Skills
A child’s control over their large and small muscle groups, his or her coordination, and overall physical fitness is a very important area of development. It provides them with all of the tools they need to move freely and investigate the world around them.

2. Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional development helps your child make friends and sustain personal relationships, both with adults and children. It teaches them to recognize and express their own feelings effectively, which in turn teaches them to understand and respond well to other people’s emotions too.

3. Approaches to Learning
Children approach new tasks and difficult problems in their own way, so it is very important to train your child to be as naturally curious as possible. Curiosity sparks a child’s interest, and a child that is interested in what they are learning is much more likely to pay attention, leading to positive and more successful school experience.

4. Thinking Abilities and General Knowledge
Being able to think for yourself is an incredibly valuable skill, and it is very important that children learn to do so as soon as possible. Teach your child to learn and show them where to look for information, to improve their attitude to problem-solving, boost their imagination and mature their ability to tackle abstract ideas.

5. Communication, Language and Literacy
Reading, writing and understanding the way that language is used (actively and passively) is a very important part of every child’s development.

1. http://www.bestbeginningsalaska.org/activities-resources/child-development-areas
2. http://www.factsforlifeglobal.org/03/
3. http://www.unicef.org/dprk/ecd.pdf
4. https://www.mysmartkid.com/developmental-areas

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