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From ages two to five your child continues to develop in many exciting ways. Our job as educators is to help each child reach their maximum potential in a safe and loving environment. We do this through providing an environment that stimulates key development areas such as physical, social, emotional, language development, cognitive skills, and creativity.
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Physical development is the way your child moves her arms and legs (large motor skills) and her fingers and hands (small motor skills). Teachers help children learn these skills by offering different physical activities and equipment. Children run, jump, climb, throw, and catch. Using their hands, they explore materials like paints, playdough, puzzles, sand, and things to write with. By using their bodies actively both indoors and outdoors, children build healthy bones and muscles.
Social development teaches your child how to engage with their peers and their environment. Teachers model respecting the uniqueness of each person and how to work with others. By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may come up during play.
Emotional development lets your child understand his feelings and the feelings of others. Teachers help children recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior. They also teach children concern, and empathy for others. To help children work on building a healthy self-esteem and resiliency, teachers encourage them to explore new things and to keep working on hard tasks.
Thinking, or Cognitive, Skills
Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around them. The way children approach learning is an important part of how they develop their thinking skills. For example, children that are able to handle frustration and can focus on the task at hand will have an easier time learning.
Language and Literacy Development
Language and literacy development help your child learn to use the interconnected skills of listening, talking, reading, and writing. Teachers also model understanding and communication through active engagement with the children in their class helping children grow their own communication skills and to learn new concepts.