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Duluth, Georgia Day Care: Cognitive Development in Children

Posted on 11-10-2014

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One of the major differences between infants and slightly older children is the rate at which they develop. Infants and toddlers develop at an amazing pace, both physically and mentally. Cognitive development refers to abilities related to memory, problem solving, thinking and reasoning. We will take a closer look at cognitive brain development and how you can expect your day care child to develop.

Stages of cognitive development

There are a variety of different stages to cognitive development. One of the most important is the sensorimotor stage.

This stage occurs between birth and 24 months. It is referred to as the sensorimotor stage because children’s knowledge and understanding of their surroundings are limited to their sensory experiences. This stage is further broken down into six more subcategories, which can be researched in more detail for further insight.

How can you encourage cognitive development in your child?

The best way to aid cognitive development is to encourage your child to think, regardless of how bothersome it may seem to parents. Every activity, no matter how mundane it may seem, can be used as a learning experience.

As an example, when your child is making a mess during dinner, he or she may well be on the way to the next level of cognitive development. While a child is dropping food onto the table and then picking it up, and moving it back to a plate, there is learning taking place. Picking up the food is aiding in motor skill development, while dropping it is giving the child a very basic understanding of gravity and similar science aspects.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Duluth, Georgia takes great pride in our infant day care programs. Our Big Steps Curriculum™ aids in developing cognitive skills through planned activities that encourage children to interact with their environment. Feel free to contact us today to find out more about our exceptional facilities and why we are the leader in early childhood education. 

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