As children develop, their daily interactions shape their experience and perception of the world around them. As a parent, early social interaction allows you a unique opportunity to stimulate your child’s emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. The benefits of consistent, early social interaction reach far beyond childhood and often shape the way your child grows into adolescence and even adulthood.
At The Learning Lodge, it’s our goal to give your child the learning experience he or she needs to truly thrive, and at the core of that experience is loving, supportive social interaction. Here’s why we do what we do:
Enhancing Language Development
The key to strong language skills for any child is consistent practice. That said, unless your child has an opportunity to interact with both adults and peers on a regular basis, language practice can suffer.
In a learning-focused childcare setting, your child has ongoing opportunities to share their language skills and learn new skills from both their peers and instructors. Storytelling, a common practice in childcare, also encourages strong language development through learning how language and verbal interaction affect the surrounding environment.
Fostering Creativity & Imagination
In cognitive development, there are two types of thought: concrete and abstract. Concrete thinking refers to your child’s ability to process literal, concrete things, which usually means the people and objects immediately present. If you’ve ever heard or referenced the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind,” for your young child, nothing could be closer to the truth. If your child is thinking concretely, as soon as an object or person disappears, in their mind, it no longer exists.
Abstract thinking, on the other hand, refers to your child’s ability to process ideas rather than concrete objects. If your child can think abstractly, he or she can process information and ideas even when they’re not physically present. As your child develops and strengthens her imagination and creativity, she’s strengthening her ability to think abstractly.
Abstract thinking is a higher form of thought, and for most kids, it doesn’t fully develop until they’re well into their teens. That said, consistent social interaction at an early age helps encourage your child’s development of abstract thought even during their formative years.
Building Social Skills
Learning any skill requires trial and error, patience, and consistent practice—even for adults. Just as your workplace helps you improve your social interaction skills, a safe, supportive childcare environment helps your child improve their social skills, too. With routine peer-to-peer interaction, your child learns how to:
● Share with peers
● Cooperate to reach a desired outcome
● Take turns
● Show respect for their peers, instructors, and surroundings
● Control impulsive behavior
● Control emotions in a social setting
Developing healthy social skills also involves the development of empathy, which allows children to share and understand others’ perspectives. As your child learns to interact with others, he or she receives exposure to different viewpoints and beliefs, which encourages an attitude of acceptance, inclusion, and understanding.
The Learning Lodge: Quality Care to Help Your Child Thrive
Whether your child is brand new to this world or is on elementary school break, at The Learning Lodge, we have a program that caters directly to his or her needs. Our goal is to nurture your child’s unique talents and abilities while fostering an environment that encourages continued social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. Each member of our team of child care professionals is devoted to providing a safe, inclusive, and accepting environment for your child, and for superior safety, our entire team undergoes CPR, AHT, and SUIDS training annually. To learn more about our child enrichment programs or to schedule a tour of our facility, give our team a call at 763-427-2587 or feel free to reach out to us on our contact page.