Essay on Preschool Development

2454 WordsOct 30, 201010 Pages
The Development of Preschool Children Once children reach the stage of “preschooler”, usually between the ages of three and five, they continue to develop both physically and cognitively. This paper will discuss the following areas of development of preschool-age children: • Cognitive • Motor • Social • Emotional Jean Piaget, who is the psychologist credited with forming the Theory of Cognitive Development in the late 1920s, created a list of what children at each stage are capable of, and what they are not capable of. He found that a preschooler’s thought process does not always make sense, and they are not capable of going back through their thought process to see if all of the steps made sense. He also found that once a…show more content…
This is due to the preschooler not being able to put his or her thoughts or emotions into words. In addition, moving their body will also help them better understand many words and concepts that are presented to them. For example, if a child is talking about airplanes, he or she may spread their arms and “fly” around the room. While this level may be distracting at times, it is a necessary part of their learning and fun processes. At the age of three, not everything will be easy for the child. They may still need to concentrate when standing on their tip-toes, or standing on one foot. If the child stands with their arms extended, they may be able to catch a large ball, or even throw a smaller ball. Children at this age should be supervised when playing outside or with other children. Their self-control, judgment, and coordination are still developing. Parents should not “fuss” over them too much, as a few bumps and bruises are normal for this age. Other children may try to tempt them to try something dangerous, and the children of this age are still unable to judge the consequences of their actions. While supervision is important while the children are outside or playing with others, when the child is playing alone in their room, they can be left alone. The child will play at his or her own pace, and will attempt only those things that they are able to. At the ages of four and five, preschool children now have the
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