Learning Objectives

  1. Know what happens during Piaget’s preoperational stage of cognitive development.
  2. Understand the basic processes described by Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory.
  3. Understand how attention and memory develop in early childhood.
  4. Understand why play is important for cognitive development in early childhood.
  5. Be familiar with how language develops in early childhood.
  6. Understand how children develop preacademic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.
  7. Be familiar with the risk factors and supports for cognitive and language development in early childhood.