Hello July, and hello summer! What is better than fresh air, sunshine, and outdoor adventures with our little ones? Here at Norwood, we are ramping up our summer programs, going on community walks, catching bugs, playing with bubbles, learning new games on the playground, and soaking up all the vitamin d we can get before winter rolls back around!
As we start this new month, we also start a new discussion. This month we will be talking about... drum roll please.... Intellectual Development!
Before we start, let’s quickly recap what we have learned since January so far. In January, we learnt that YOU are your child’s first and most important teacher. In February and March, we talked about just how important play is for our children, and some of the science behind those earliest years. Then in the following months we started discussing the first few domains of S.P.L.I.C.E. Can anyone remember what S.P.L.I.C.E stands for?
You got it! Social development, physical development, language development, intellectual development - which is this month's topic - and then our last two domains are creative development and emotional development, which we will explore in the coming months.
So, what is intellectual development?
Intellectual development is a child's continuous growth in their cognitive abilities. This refers to how they organize their minds, ideas, and thoughts about the world they see around them. During the first few years of a child’s life is when they begin to do this through observation, interaction, and engagement.
We will explore this topic through a few different categories:
The stages of intellectual development
Learning through play
The social influences on intellectual development
Executive function and intelligence
We look forward to learning alongside you and sharing everything we know with you!