children learning : Having it… Gives Children the Skill And Confidence to Succeed And Achieve Full Potential
Your child is an individual and different from all others. The way your child learns best depends on many factors: age, learning style and personality. Read the notes below, and think about your child. This will help you to choose activities and methods that will suit your child best.
Children pass through different stages of learning
- A baby or infant learns about the world through the senses.
- From about two until seven years old the child starts to develop the ability to reason and think, but is still self-centred.
- After the age of about seven a child usually becomes less self-centred and can look outside themselves. By the age of 12 most children can reason and test out their ideas about the world.
- This means that with younger children we need to personalise and give examples which relate to themselves, whereas older children need help to make sense of the world around them. This also means that children must be at the right stage of learning. For example younger children are ready to learn about numbers, colours and shapes but are not ready for abstract grammatical rules.
What kind of learner is your child?