Order of Acquisition

At Shichida Early Learning, we understand that children gain their intellectual abilities in a certain order. Our early education lessons are therefore specifically designed using a layering approach to accommodate this order.

The basic run down of this order is that children first acquire the ability to recognise one thing from another. For example, identifying that a cat is a cat.

Once they can distinguish individual objects, children can then begin to understand that two or more things can be the same, so that a real cat, a picture of a cat and the word ‘cat’ are all about the same thing. At this point children can also understand the concept of colours, where for example apples, strawberries and tomatoes are all red.

Once children can make those simple associations, they can then learn to classify things into groups. By doing this, children can learn to find something that is different, or does not belong in the group. For example, understanding that even though a ball is round, it does not belong with an orange, apple and melon as it is not a fruit.

Children then move on to being able to combine two factors at the same time. For example, they can instantly recognise a large circle, or a green triangle etc. One they have mastered two factors; they finally move on to being able to judge and recognise more than three factors at the same time and can play hint and guessing games, even at a young age.

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