Concrete Operational Stage: The Truth about Language Development

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Congratulations! Your child is going to Grade 1! It is the start of her formal reading education. You have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it excites you, but you also want her to succeed in school. Knowing what to expect and what you can do to give her an advantage will go a long way to ease your mind.

Let’s have a look at this stage in your child’s life. According to Piaget’s model, the concrete operational phase lasts from seven to twelve years. This stage covers elementary to preadolescent children.

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Your Child and Optimal Language Development in the Preoperational Stage

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Congrats. Your child finished her first day of nursery school.

Your child is walking, and you are always on the go, running after her. You consider sending her to nursery school to develop her social skills. But more important, for the benefits of cognitive and language development. It happens through proper stimulation and exposure to various learning activities. 

The development of language skills for effective communication and reading skills for future academic success is critical. Studies show that the level of language development at age two influences future academic success. But even more critical, language development is a more crucial factor for school readiness than your career or income status. 

The preoperational stage is the second stage of Jean Paiget’s learning development model.  But as pointed out in previous articles, parents should use it as a guideline only. Children can pass through these stages at different ages. They can even show characteristics of more than one stage at any time. 

It is important to note that  the following does not change:

  • Cognitive development always takes place in the order defined by Piaget.
  • A child cannot skip any of these stages.
  • Each stage leads to new intellectual abilities and more complex thinking and understanding of her world.
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An authentic exploration of language development in the sensorimotor stage

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Congrats on the new baby

Congratulations! – You have brought your newborn baby home. Aren’t you glad to see she remembers some of the stories and rhymes you had read to her before she was born? Now that you have established a new routine for your newborn, you may wonder: How does language development happens in your baby?

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Exciting News! Language development starts with your unborn baby

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Congratulations – you’re pregnant! Your doctor has given you the good news. But did you know that language development starts even before birth?

Babies can already hear before birth, and you can expose them to language while still in the womb. Researchers believe that this lays the foundation for future language development.

Let’s find out more about this fascinating world of your unborn baby.

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