Cognitive Development

Cognitive development refers to the development of the ability to think, explore, reason, remember and figure things out. During early years infants grow physically as well as mentally. They continue to acquire and advance skills that help them observe and interact with their environment, and process, store and use information. Below is a short description for the main concepts in cognitive development along with the additional resources for each.   

Number sense

Number sense is the ability to understand numbers and relationships between numbers. Since this basic understanding of numbers continues to develop after birth, parents can become more intentional in how they support their child’s mathematical learning.

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Spatial reasoning

Spatial reasoning refers to understanding and mentally manipulating information about objects and physical space. It is closely related to success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Causal learning

Causal learning or cause and effect refers to the relationship between an action and its outcome. Through understanding of cause and effect, infants build their abilities to solve problems, to make predictions, and to understand the impact of their behavior and actions on others.

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