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Child Beginning School

  • By: Sean E. Brotherson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Entry into school is a common life transition for young children that represents a significant developmental step and the beginning of a formal learning process. A child beginning school encompasses several important components of a young person's development and care. First, school entry involves a major social transition for a child, with extension from the circle of family and kin into the larger world of peers and other adults. Second, beginning school typically moves a child from a learning environment that is more informal and open to an atmosphere that is more structured and focused on formalized learning processes. Third, a child's entry into school signifies a step toward developmental maturity and integration of all aspects of a child's development. Fourth, school entry indicates ...

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