The Earliest Years

The Earliest Years

The Growth and Development of Children Under Five

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Author: O. M. Woodward
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483155999

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The Earliest Years: The Growth and Development of Children under Five examines the growth and development of children during the first five years of life. Topics include patterns of growth and the importance of mother-child relationship in child development; the child's widening world and growing independence; the importance of play in young children; and nursery school education. This book is comprised of six chapters and begins by comparing a five-year-old child to a newborn baby in terms of learning and skills. The next chapter focuses on a child's patterns of growth during the first year of life and the role of the mother or mother-substitute in all the aspects of child development at this stage. The third chapter explains how the child at one to three years of age begins to embrace and familiarize with the new rhythms of life, with emphasis on walking, talking, toilet training, and feeding. This book then describes how a child becomes more independent of the mother at 3-5 years of age and develops social relationships with other children of the same age. This text also considers the specific values that play provides to very young children and what types of play offer the best means for overall development. The final chapter looks at the provisions of nursery schools to meet the needs of the young child. This book will be of interest to parents, psychologists, and educators.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction. Comparison between the Newborn Baby and the Five-Year-Old. The Helplessness of the Newborn Baby. The Acquired Skills of the Five-Year-Old

    Chapter 2 The First Year of Life. Patterns of Growth. Importance of Mother-Child Relationship. Satisfaction of Needs

    Chapter 3 From One to Three Years Old. A Widening World and Re-Orientation. Walking and Talking, Toilet Training and Feeding. New Baby in the Family

    Chapter 4 From Three to Five. Growing Independence. Facility in Speech. Difficulties in Relationships. Emergence of the Individual

    Chapter 5 Play. What is Play? Values of Play to Young Children. Suitable Play Materials

    Chapter 6 Nursery School Education. Brief Historical Survey. Function of Nursery Schools Today. Provisions of Nursery Schools to Meet the Needs of the Young Child.



Product details

  • No. of pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483155999

About the Author

O. M. Woodward

About the Editors

I. R. Maxwell

F. H. Pedley

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