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Children and Learning
Author: Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE

Many parents worry about their children’s learning. They want their young children to be ready for public school. If the child is already in school, they might want childcare providers to help with homework. Some parents think childcare providers should give young children worksheets and teach them numbers and letters. But many providers have learned that worksheets are not good for young children. They believe that young children need to learn through play. Some have learned that school-age children need to get away from homework for a while at the end of the school day. They might be using some learning activities that parents do not understand.

Learning can be a problem area for parents and providers, even though they all want to help the children. It is important for providers to work with parents to help the children learn in a way that fits their needs and development. Providers need to offer many ways for children to learn. Parents can support children’s learning at home, too. It is important to work together give children chances to work, play, discover, and grow.

This section provides information about how children learn. It also offers ideas about how to explain learning activities to parents. There are also suggestions for ways providers can learn about helping a child by talking to parents.

An important topic is how to talk about children who are having problems in development. Providers might notice problems before parents do. This section gives ideas for talking to parents about those issues.


 How Children Think and Learn
     • Brain development
             Brain development

     • Children and colors
             Children and colors

     • Understanding same and different
             Same and different

     • Shapes
             Learning about shapes

     • Size
             Learning about size

 


For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at jmyerswa@purdue.edu

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