Learning Outcomes for Preschoolers in Child Care

Lesson 1: Physical Development

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to:

  • describe typical physical growth patterns of young children;
  • explain the four phases of motor development;
  • describe skills, functions and traits of the brain;
  • describe aspects of typical perceptual and motor skill development for young children;
  • identify methods for facilitating young children’s optimum motor development.

Lesson 2: Cognitive Development

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to:

  • identify various concepts children need to learn and how to support their learning;
  • describe typical language development levels of young children;
  • identify methods for facilitating children’s language development;
  • describe how to support children’s development through play activities.

Lesson 3: Emotional Development

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of typical 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds’ emotional development;
  • explain how temperament, distractibility , approach, adaptability, intensity levels influence children’s behavior;
  • describe terms related to emotional development and strategies for meeting children’s emotional needs.

Lesson 4: Social Development

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to:

  • list forms of play that are important for preschoolers;
  • identify typical social development levels of children at ages 3, 4, and 5;
  • identify characteristics of children who act as bullies and those who are bullied;
  • identify strategies for helping children learn pro-social skills.

Lesson 5: Health and Safety for Preschoolers

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to:

  • describe how diet and the environment impacts children’s health;
  • identify strategies for teaching children how to stay safe;
  • identify guidelines for safe play space and play equipment;
  • describe various safety practices, policies, and procedures.

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