Describe language development in deaf children. How is it similar, in the early stages, to language development in hearing children? What is "homesign" and what does it suggest about when to begin sign language instruction?
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that, as a species, humans are biologically predisposed to learn language. What evidence can be provided to support this assumption?
Two children, Mikey and Meryl, are described on pages 231-233 of your textbook. How does reciprocal determinism produce positive and negative cycles in toddler-caregiver interaction for these two children?
Discuss the major social and emotional developments of toddlerhood.
In many cultures, stories about magical figures are told to children by caregivers. Select two concepts discussed in Chapter 9 that would account for young children's acceptance of the reality of a figure such as Santa Claus. Explain your choices.
What is meant by a "theory of mind"? Note that the text refers to research that shows that growing up with siblings positively influences the acquisition of a theory of mind. Speculate on the type of experiences that would occur among siblings to influence the development of a theory of mind and provide details and a rationale for your speculations.
What is a script? Consider trick-or-treating on Halloween night or a similar type of activity in which children participate. Briefly outline the details that a preschooler's script for Halloween might contain. What advantage does script knowledge have for children's interactions with others?
Outline three practical suggestions you might offer to a group of future early childhood educators about how to effectively teach preschoolers. Your suggestions should be based on what you have learned about the strengths and limitations of the young child in terms of attention, communication, and memory.