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How Your Child Learns at Every Stage

Baby making sounds playing learning Children go through stages of development where they learn new things about the world around them and pick up new skills. Here’s our guide to how and what children learn at every age.

Babies learn through their senses

Babies use sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell to learn about the world around them. If you watch a baby, they put just about anything in their mouths, shake things, throw things, make noises to get attention or get what they need, then eventually start crawling and walking so they can explore what’s around them.

Younger children learn through language

When children are aged between 2 and 7 years, they learn more words and how to use them in ever more complex sentences, and they eventually start to read independently. The development of language goes hand in hand with the development of the imagination, and you’ll notice your child playing more ‘pretend’ games. Their social skills won’t be very advanced at this age and you might notice that they struggle to understand other people’s actions and behaviour.

Slightly older children are capable of learning through logic

From the age of 7 onwards, children are capable of thinking more logically. They can usually make the connection between ideas, concepts, problems, and solutions. When it comes to social interactions, children of this age have a better understanding of sharing, respecting other people’s feelings, and they understand that anything they do has consequences.

In the teenage years, children are able to reason

Teenagers are more able to think about more complex concepts and to learn and solve problems through reasoning. Because their brains are now wired to take on more complex tasks, they’re able to do more complicated things like driving.

In social interactions, they are more able to understand that people react in a certain way because of their experiences and the way in which they see the world.

From the baby stage right up to when your child is a teenager, they explore the world in their own way, and this actually helps the brain grow new pathways which leads them onto the next stage of development. As parents, the best thing we can do is to support, encourage, and mentor them at every stage so that they become the best person they can be.

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