Using my signature rubric below, I created a method to help you better understand how the products I feature can enhance learning for children at each stage of their early years development.
Exposes moments in a child’s development where personality and emotions, social skills and self-view are revealed. Affectionate Development Play also brings about situations where children can practice making friends.
Cognitive development is the ever-evolving process of reason, knowledge, and awareness as a child grows. As cognition advances, a child is able to develop on their previous experiences, which ultimately helps them understand the world around them. Perceptual development is closely linked to cognitive development in that children begin to understand and explore sensory input (what they hear, smell, see, touch and taste). Enriching a child’s sensory input automatically enhances their perceptual development as neural pathways that govern how information travels through one’s nervous system are formed and activated.
Successful critical-thinkers are able to use what they already know to determine the effects of their actions and/or the effects of actions occurring around them. Critical-thinkers can find connections in patterns, links between ideas; they can find ways to resolve situations, and know how to look for pertinent knowledge that will help educate them.
Specifically relates to the process a child experiences when testing their creative thinking. Creative development heightens a child’s imaginative, observational, and expressive capabilities. Creative development should not be confused with a child’s artistic ability.
Emotional development focuses on a child’s ability to manage their moods and emotions. Children learn how to identify their feelings, they learn about empathy, how to work through differences, they learn about cooperation, and self-motivation. Furthermore, emotional development provides children with a forum to strengthen their self-esteem as well as their self-view. Emotional Development is closely linked to Social Development.
Spatial-temporal reasoning in a child refers to their mental capability to envision ways objects fit together, as well as to envision ways those objects can be manoeuvred into distinct patterns. Children also learn how to figure out multifaceted problems. A good example of successful spatial-temporal reasoning would be a child who can look at a tray filled with different sized building blocks, and envisions a fort, for instance, then proceed to build that fort; bringing that vision in to fruition. The same example applies to a child standing in front of a blank canvas with an array of different coloured paints. What do they envision? Spatial-temporal reasoning means bringing that vision into actualisation. Spatial-temporal reasoning can arguably be referred to at spatial intelligence.
Speech and Language Development
In other words: communication! This is when children develop their vocabulary, practice expression and the myriad ways to respond to speech. Children further learn about inflection and become cognizant of the social aspects related to speech.
Three Dimensional Thinking
Three-dimensional thinking specifically involves the ability to understand there are multiple perspectives in every situation. A successful three-dimensional thinker can grasp how things are affected by one another, is able to collect all possible points-of-views, and then choose the best one in order to solve a problem.
Visual Motor Skills
Visual motor skill is the visual ability a child has to connect what he or she sees to the movements of their body. Visual motor skills require the exercise of both fine and gross motor skills. They all function in tandem.
Fine Motor Skills
The physical ability it takes for a child to control small muscle movements. Fine motor skills entail small muscles to carry out acute and challenging movements such as tying a shoelace and/or a little braid. Fine motor skills are closely related to gross motor skills in that without the latter, children would not be able to balance themself as they lean over to tie their shoelace for example, or stabilize their arm when braiding.
Gross Motor Skills
The physical ability it takes for a child to control large muscle movements. Engaging in gross motor skilled activities require large muscles groups to work in an extensive way. A good example of this would be pedaling on a tricycle or even walking for that matter.
Gaining knowledge about numbers, sizes, sequences, and shapes. During a child’s mathematical development they also learn to recognise and pair things, as well as to count both forward and backwards.
Problem Solving Skills
There are four thought-processes that occur when problem solving: 1) is recognising the problem: 2) coming up with a range of alternative solutions for that problem: 3) figuring out which alternative solution is the best fit: and, 4) carrying out the solution. Products that encourage observation, thinking, solving, and implementing will dramatically help to improve a child’s problem solving skills.
Social development essentially centres on vital social skills needed to comfortably adjust in society. Children learn about relationships and which behaviours are ultimately deemed acceptable or not. Social Development is closely linked to Emotional Development.