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Early Childhood Learners
Renee Vasquez
Grand Canyon University
RDG 515
August 25, 2010

Abstract
The following paper is comprised of two sections. The first section is a comparison chart concerning three levels of learners: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Different aspects for each learner are compared within the table. The second section details the early childhood learner and methods for meeting their needs.

Early Childhood Learners
The following is a comparison table for early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent learners. It is a breakdown of how different aspects affect the learning methods for each age appropriate group. Following the chart is detailed focus of early childhood learners and their needs. | Early Childhood| Middle Childhood| Adolescence|

Relevant Ages| Two to six years of age| From six years to approximately ten years of age| From eleven to about 14 years of age.| Physical Characteristics| Growth may slow for a time in comparison to infancy.| Growth continues size and weight wise.| Largest growth spurt as they enter puberty, physical changes occurring to body development. | Relevant Grade Levels| Pre-school through first grade| Second and third grade| Fourth through eighth grade| Examples of Physical Abilities| Development of fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Students may begin to hop skip and jump with better coordination.| Girls may witness more change earlier than boys, they may also have greater physical changes.| Bodies are developing physically and maturing. | Piaget's Stages| Sensorimotor a progression from reflexive to goal-directed behavior, and preoperational using objects to represent the world around them. | Concrete operational improving their ability to think logically.| Formal operational or the possibility of abstract and purely symbolic thinking. | Characteristics of Language and thought| Still lack grasp of reality, they may believe in Santa...
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