Early Learning Standards

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Early Learning Standards

The cognitive domain addresses a child’s ability to problem solve and express themselves. Children first develop cognitively by seeing and tasting things. Talking to them is also essential to their cognitive development. Later on, children add to their cognition when they begin to count and learn colors . Furthermore, young children often learn through cause and effect. For example, if a child throws a bouncy ball it will bounce. Activities in this domain include pushing a ball down a hill to see what happens and observing things to see what characteristics they have. This domain encompasses the standard that all children are capable and competent.

The language and communication development domain addresses a child’s ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Children first start to communicate by making gestures and babbling, but eventually they are able to express their thoughts in one to two word phrases. Soon, children are able to carry lengthy conversations. Furthermore, children must also learn that it is important to listen when communicating with others. Later on, older children are often taught about communication when their parents and other adults talk to them and read to them. Activities in this domain include reading, writing, and singing. This domain encompasses the standard that children are members of cultural groups that share developmental patterns because children learn the linguistics that they are taught.

The social emotional domain addresses how a child feels about himself/herself and others. Creating relationships with others is crucial in this domain because they create a sense of pride in the children. Furthermore, children develop emotionally when they are praised for doing a good job because praise is the key to building a child’s self-esteem. Activities in this domain include playing with other children, coloring a picture on their own, and getting praised for learning a new skill such as...
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