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New Project started for disadvantaged children at Kalachatla village supported by Compassion International through Caruna Bala Vikas.

Child Development: Spiritual Development

A. Rationale

Spiritual development begins with the knowledge of God’s Word and the understanding that it brings of who God is, who He created each child to be, of His purposes, and of the basic gospel message. Each child or young person needs to come to a personal understanding of the message of salvation and have the opportunity to accept the salvation.

Child Development: Physical Development

A. Rationale

Physical development involves developing characteristics that give a child the full use of their physical capacities, such as motor skills and the enjoyment of good health. Health is the absence of disease or physical impairment and the presence of appropriate attitudes and practices that secure bodily well-being. Ensuring good or improved health requires recognition and treatment of illnesses and impairment — in self and others — such as parasites, respiratory infection or congenital abnormality. But, it also requires the formation of attitudes and practices that recognize and promote self-care, good nutrition, safe hygiene, exercise and avoidance of high-risk behaviors or situations.

Cognitive Development

A. Rationale

Cognitive development "refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains an understanding of his/her world through the interaction and influence of genetic and learned behavior." It can also be defined as the ability of an individual to acquire knowledge that enhances his or her skills. Cognitive development can be split into the formal and non-formal realms. Formal learning usually occurs in school and may be reinforced by tutoring. Early formal cognitive development is done through play and includes processes such as learning to categorize colors or shapes. It also includes participating in pre-literacy activities such as imitating words or making rhythms. Later formal cognitive development includes such things as learning to read, write or do math. Both formal and non- formal cognitive development includes such things as the processes for managing a task at hand such as cooking, sewing or producing music. It is the ability of an individual to be productive from the skills and knowledge they have previously acquired. Both formal and non-formal cognitive developments are clearly a means toward economic self-sufficiency. It is important to recognize the unique cognitive abilities and talents in each individual child in order to mentor and coach him or her to best develop those skills.

Socio-Emotional Development

A. Rationale

Socio-Emotional development involves the expression of feelings; the ability to interact with others in a reciprocal way; knowledge of and concern for self, others and creation; making biblically based and responsible decisions; and becoming resilient. Self-worth, physical health, spiritual development, academic learning, citizenship and overall motivation to achieve are all dependent on healthy socio-emotional development. This allows children to settle well into school, church, and community; work cooperatively, confidently and interdependently; and behave appropriately in their culture. The child’s early relationship with caregivers is key to acquiring socio-emotional competencies. This process is called social and emotional learning (SEL), or developing emotional intelligence skills. SEL is accomplished in ways similar to learning academic or health skills, beginning early in life and continuing throughout the lifespan.

 
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