ERIC Number: ED067146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The ABC's of Learning in Infancy.
Saunders, Minta M.
Learning in infancy is based on activity, beginnings, and curiosity, the so-called ABC's. Earliest behavior consists of mass activity, the period from birth to 24 months of sensory-motor development which provides the foundation for all future learning. Adults must provide space, toys, and affectionate care to help infants proceed through successive stages of learning experience. These are divided into separate periods: birth to 4 months, 4 to 8 months, 8 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, and 18 to 24 months. Individual differences occur from birth, and the development of a sense of basic trust is important. This is followed by autonomy in the toddler and his sense of success. Sexual identity and language formation, and the establishment of limits are other kinds of beginning behavior. A baby's curiosity focuses on the newness of his world, and demands patience from parents as well as provisions of space and toys. The first two years are critical because motivation or enthusiasm for learning, along with emotional, social, and intellectual development can either be nourished or blighted. This makes child care a challenging opportunity. (LH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Cognitive Development, Discovery Learning, Early Experience, Experiential Learning, Guides, Infants, Learning Processes, Perceptual Motor Learning, Play, Social Development
The Infant Care Project, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C. 27412 ($0.75)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Infant Care Project.