Introduction to Early Childhood

Learning Objectives

 Objectives: At the end of this lesson, you will be able to

  1. Summarize overall physical growth during early childhood.
  2. Describe growth of structures in the brain during early childhood.
  3. Identify examples of gross and fine motor skill development in early childhood.
  4. Identify nutritional concerns for children in early childhood.
  5. Examine nutritional content in popular foods consumed by children in early childhood.
  6. Describe sexual development in early childhood.
  7. Define preoperational intelligence.
  8. Illustrate animism, egocentrism, and centration using children’s games or media.
  9. Describe language development in early childhood.
  10. Illustrate scaffolding.
  11. Explain private speech.
  12. Explain theory of mind.
  13. Explain Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development for toddlers and children in early childhood.
  14. Contrast models of parenting styles.
  15. Examine concerns about child care.
  16. Explain theories of self from Cooley and Mead.
  17. Summarize theories of gender role development.
  18. Examine concerns about childhood stress and development. 


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