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Jerome Everett Singer of the Medical and Clinical Psychology Department at Uniformed Services University conveys that simple activities such as reading, talking, playing games, singing, storytelling are the best activities essential for child development.

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The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do are also the best for child development.

Author: Jerome Singer

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There is a big difference between growth and development but people often use these words interchangeably. The term growth should be used only in the physical sense which is measurable such as length, height, width and weight whereas development encompasses fundamental changes which occur both at physical and mental level. Growth is one of the components of the development process. In essence, growth refers to particular change which is quantitative whereas development relates to a qualitative change in increase of capacity.

How Child Development Happens

Development occurs through maturation and learning. Maturation refers to the unfolding of traits or potentials present in an individual because of genetic inheritance. Learning takes place as a result of child’s interaction with the environment that brings changes in the behavior. For example, when baby starts to walk it is called maturing whereas when it dances for a particular song, it is called learning.

Maturation and learning happen side by side and each one influence one another. A Person’s cognitive ability depends on the opportunities and experiences of maturation as well as the environment.

Maturation provides the raw material for the learning. No amount of effort on the part of the individual can bring desired results if the inherited trait has limited potentialities for development. Everyone cannot become talented by putting in the only effort, the genes in the person should contain the potential that will outsmart the physical abilities.

Adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adult life and is characterized by rapid physical growth and mental, social and psychological maturity. The stage officially starts at puberty and ends with the person achieving a level of maturity that makes him deal and manage realities of life. It’s characterized by his or her ability to own responsibility for their self and their actions.

In this stage of development, attitudes, values and morals are formed along with accepting changes in the body and appearance. They become independent from parents and start understanding the relationships with opposite sex. Adolescence is the period of emotional imbalances and turmoil resulting in sudden mood changes. At the adolescent stage, mind fluctuates between children like dependency and independence. They do not want to be controlled by adults but want to be guided by them. They lack the ability to transform to direct himself and the confidence to translate their thoughts and ideas into a definite course of action. Arguing and pretending that they know the wisdom are the two most important behaviors of adolescents. At the end of this stage, they are expected to find out the type of personality they are and identify their abilities and limitations.


Learning is acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, skills, behaviors, values by synthesizing different types of information. The ability of learning is possessed by humans, animals and some machines. With respect to humans and animals, learning is permanent change in the action that occurs through experience. When people learn something, some part of their brain physically change to record what they have learned. Learning helps us in acquiring knowledge, mastering new skill, develop emotions and personality, developing social interactions,etc. Most of the learning concentrate on modification of the behavior, we also learn how to behave in society.

Human learning occurs as part of education, personal development or training. Learning in animals is either a result of habituation or classical conditioning. In relatively intelligent animals such as dolphins, more complex activities such as playing is employed for learning. Learning may occur consciously or without conscious awareness. Playing is being used as the first form of learning. Children play, experiment with the world, learn the rules and learn to interact. The play is pivotal for children development and learning, as they better understand their environment through play.

When a child tries to speak, it first babbles something; then it can utter the word with improper pronunciation and then it corrects the pronunciation. Learning takes place under the influence of the environment of objects and persons in which the individual lives. Learning continues throughout our life.


Learning will make no sense if the person does not retain it. It is because of the memory, we are able to relate to different events, people, objects and experiences. The memory makes it possible for us to operate beyond the constraints of time and place.


One of the important factors which helps learning is the experience or practice. Our past experiences help us learn the things in coherent manner. Teaching material must be designed based on this principle. The basic building blocks of the subject must be taught first before getting on to the higher level concepts.


A child cannot learn to walk unless his leg muscles are strong enough to support his weight. Maturation or physical growth provides the necessary readiness for learning. Certain level of maturity is required to acquire new skill or knowledge. Maturation is development brought by growth of muscular system while learning is an outcome of stimulating situations.

Reflex Actions

Reflex actions are the automatic response of muscle or gland to the stimulation of a sense organ. Blinking of the eye in response to a sudden movement of an object in front of person’s eyes is a reflex action. Reflex actions are innate tendencies and are not acquired by practice. However, instinctive behavior can be modified by learning.

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