The early years of a child’s development are from birth to 8 years, where all the domains of a child develop. Like their thinking skills, their language, their involvement with people socially and emotionally, and their physical development. It is an ideal phase for the overall development of a child.
The first 6 years is the age group where children adapt and mould according to their environment very easily and the experiences given to them in these years, leave a lifelong impact on a child’s life. A child’s brain develops rapidly during the first 6 years but the first 3 years are also very crucial.
In the first three years of a child’s life, the brain shapes itself by the type of experience we provide to them. Everything the child sees, touches, tastes, smells, or hears, helps to shape the brain for thinking, feeling, moving, and learning. As it is said that the first 3 years are the important and crucial part of a child’s life, so if we put the right things at right years then a child’s life shapes rightly for lifelong.
During the first two years of a child’s life, their physical growth is very rapid. A child’s birth weight generally doubles by 6 months and triples by their first birthday and the baby grows by 10 to 12 inches in length.
In these first two years, a child moves around more and are aware of themselves and their surroundings. Their desire to explore also starts increasing and they also start showing greater independence, start recognizing the voices of the immediate environment, and start imitating their adults.
As we have seen at the beginning of a child’s life, the physical development is very rapid but during the phase of 2-4 years, the physical growth and development slowdowns and cognitive development and language take huge strides.
In just very short years, your child will go from crawling and babbling as an infant to running, jumping and excitedly telling stories as a kindergartener.
Your child is growing up have you noticed?
I know sometimes we feel like when will our child grow but we can see the happiness on parents’ faces when their child is growing.
At this stage, the child is becoming more independent and creative. Their time span is becoming longer. They can now play the game for more than 10 minutes if they have an interest. They are eager to try new things and when they get frustrated, they are able to express themselves. Although Children will grow at their own pace. your child will have likely achieved most of the milestones by the time they turn 6 years old.
Your child is going towards middle childhood. Have you noticed it?
During this age, a lot of changes come in the child’s life. They are ready to do all the things by themselves. They start dressing up by themselves, interested in making friends which is an important part. Physical, social, mental skills develop very fast at this stage.
In the early years of a child’s life, you will get to know how domains of development are important for a child. Education is the only way which can help children in development. Best learning is the play way learning.
The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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