Learning Objectives

7.1 Discuss physical growth, including motor and brain development, in early childhood.

7.2 Examine the influence of nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and screen use on young children’s health as well as risks to health.

7.3 Compare Piaget’s cognitive-developmental and Vygotsky’s sociocultural perspectives on cognitive development in early childhood.

7.4 Describe information processing abilities during early childhood.

7.5 Summarize young children’s advances in language development, including dual language learning and contextual influences on language development.

7.6 Identify and explain various approaches to early childhood education.