The First Six Years of Your Child’s Life
Many early learning experts believe that the first six years of a child’s life play an immense role in deciding who they will grow up to become. In this article, we’ll explore this idea further.
From Birth to Three Months
Your child has just arrived in the world, and yet they are already learning. It is very important that your child is given plenty of attention during this stage as they will thrive off warmth, physical contact and proximity.
Four to Six Months
During this stage, your child’s motor senses will develop. They will be starting to smile in response to your smiles, laugh when they find something amusing, and begin to reach for items.
Encourage development by playing games together, especially peek-a-boo, and by giving them plenty of things to hold onto and manipulate.
Seven to Nine Months
Children become highly active during this stage, and will crawl everywhere and anywhere. It is also common that they begin to babble.
Ten to Eighteen Months
Development in this stage is rapid. Children go from babies to toddlers, and begin to actively interact with the environment around them. During this stage, they will begin to comprehend language and tone, and so it is important to speak warmly and kindly to them.
In order for their motor development to continue successfully, encourage activities that involve play. Some ideas include playing with Legos, painting and colouring, and even Play Dough. It is also said that your child’s personality will start to become especially visible during this period.
Eighteen Months to Two Years
Your child will be talking, walking and thinking during this stage. Many children enjoy looking at picture books, playing with toys and learning about independence at this age. Encourage self-awareness by letting your child feed themselves.
This is also the prime time to as they will benefit from the care and company that the centre provides.
Three Years Old
Three-year-old children will be very curious about their surroundings, and will enjoy exploring their environment. Be careful and make sure to keep an eye on your child so that they will not get into any dangerous situations.
This stage is also great for introducing moral lessons, riddles and more complex stories, as this will encourage intellectual and emotional development.
Four Years Old
Your child’s imagination will be vivid, and so it is recommended that parents encourage creativity during this stage. Your child may also have an imaginary friend, which will encourage their emotional growth and allow their verbal and cognitive skills to develop.
Your child may also appear “selfish”, but this is simply because they have not yet developed to see that not everybody views things as they do. A common example of this is getting their sister a toy car for her birthday, because they would like a toy car for their birthday.
Five Years Old
Many parents choose to will be a big difference for the child, and so it is important that parents treat their child with care and attention. Be patient and warm, and your child will ease into the transition better.
Development-wise, a lot will happen. Your child will learn about many different things, including numbers, shapes, the alphabet, and time. Their vocabulary will rapidly expand, they will be very eager to learn more, and their emotional capabilities will also grow.
During this stage, many children begin to form close friendships, and will show empathy and care more than before.
Six Years Old
Six-year-olds often have a lot of energy and opinions. They will be able to talk at great lengths on many different subjects, and will ask a lot of questions. They will also be able to understand that other people have different feelings.
They will be able to use language instead of action to display their emotions. For example, instead of crying, they may express their frustration with a certain event.
They will grow a lot. They may want independence from their care-givers, but will also crave attention and warmth. During this stage, take care to be emotionally stable and mature with your child, as they will need a model so that they can develop into an emotionally healthy adult.
Get in Touch for More Information
At Hamersley Early Learning School, we understand just how much children develop throughout their lives, and we actively encourage it. For more information on us, and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.