Development Stages of the Pre-School Age

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Introduction The stage of development this paper chooses to focus on is preschool age children. This paper will discuss in-depth the stage of "preschool age," characteristics and milestones of development for preschool age children, three appropriate activities that aid in development for preschool age children, and why these activities are important to enhancing a preschool child's development. The Preschool Stage Children are between three and four years old when they enter into preschool. The main components of development at this point include fine motor skill development, language acquisition and development, personality development, cognitive development, and moral reasoning (Weiten, 2005). According to Poole (2005), children of this age are fascinated by sport activities such as running, jumping, and cycling; some of the finer motor developments that should be fostered include holding writing objects and learning to draw simple objects like circles, crosses, and learning to focus on writing. The major muscles of motor development that are important for Poole are the large arm and leg muscle groups. For language, children should be able to use the past and present tense by the "end of their third year," but continuing to learning the rules of language, such as correcting grammatical errors, but children will learn the rules quicker once formal language education begins in their fourth or fifth year (Weiten, 2005, p. 301). Language acquisition also includes
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