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CDA Competency Standard: II.7.4b
(2 hours / .2 CEU)
Stages of Cognitive Development in Infants
(1 hour / .1 CEU)
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Help Infants and Toddlers Explore Ideas and Symbols
As infants and toddlers investigate physical environments and relationships, they also explore ideas and symbols. Conversations with adults about objects and activities in their daily lives help children come to know the names for things (cat, kitten, ball) and for categories of things (animals, baby animals, toys).
They begin to grasp the rules that govern language (one cat, many cats). In their everyday interactions with adults, they find countless opportunities to explore the nature of nonverbal and verbal communication.