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1 HFow DoTPhoto albums and videos chronicle how families change. The infant who is the smallest child in the family photo oneChristmas stands proud and tall the next year. Seeing these photos and videos often brings forth remarks on a child’s physical growth. Photos and videos are just as likely to hold other memories and benchmarks. “That was the Christmas Drew finally stopped biting.” Or, “Here is Sarah sharing one of her presents with Santa so he would have something to open, too.” These stories tell ofchildren’s emotional and social growth.The Seeds level of the Pflaum Gospel Weekliesis for children ages three and four. This chapter explores how these young children think, make choices, and relate to other people. It describes what the Seeds catechist can expect of a child this age, and what teaching strategies promote growth into the next stage, kindergarten. Finally, this chapter describes where these young children are on their faith journies.Hree- anD our-Year-olDs learn?Faith Development BuilDs on human DevelopmentPhysical DeveloPmentThree- or four-year-old children are vigorous. They enjoy physical play and body movements that involve the large muscles. They can do activities using fine muscle control also, such as cutting and coloring, but these require more concentration, so children can do them only for shorter periods of time. Young children’s vision and hearing maynot be fully developed, so they can lose interestin activities that require hand-eye coordinationor involve too much attention to detail. Young children also can become overtired quickly and require frequent snacks and periods of inactivity to restore their energy.In keeping with the developmental needsof young children, Seeds provides frequent opportunities for body movement in creative play and music. Cutting, folding, and manipulatingactivities develop the more complex fine-motor skills, but Seeds keeps demands on these skills simple, so children can succeed in the activities.The movement from story circle to activity area provides the change of venue children need to keep their interest high. Seeds also encourages snack times. The Seeds music CD, the songs in the lesson plans, and the suggestions for creative drama all provide physical ways to experience the message of each Seeds lesson.emotional DeveloPmentPreschool children have a great need to experience love and security, along with a desire to make their own choices. They are beginning to feel competent, but they do not like to fail. They are friendly and like to fit into the overall culture of the classroom or play group. Preschool children are busy learning

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