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5.1: Introduction to Early Childhood

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    Skills to Develop

    • Summarize overall physical growth during early childhood.
    • Describe growth of structures in the brain during early childhood.
    • Identify examples of gross and fine motor skill development in early childhood.
    • Identify nutritional concerns for children in early childhood.
    • Examine nutritional content in popular foods consumed by children in early childhood.
    • Describe sexual development in early childhood.
    • Define preoperational intelligence.
    • Illustrate animism, egocentrism, and centration using children’s games or media.
    • Describe language development in early childhood.
    • Illustrate scaffolding.
    • Explain private speech.
    • Explain theory of mind.
    • Explain Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development for toddlers and children in early childhood.
    • Contrast models of parenting styles.
    • Examine concerns about child care.
    • Explain theories of self from Cooley and Mead.
    • Summarize theories of gender role development.
    • Examine concerns about childhood stress and development. 

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