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Early Childhood Timeline

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a well-known French philosopher, was an important part of early childhood education. Rousseau believed children should be shown sympathy and compassion. He stressed the value of early childhood education and suggested children learn through instruction.
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    Impoortant Figures in Early Childhood Development

  • Frecrich Froebel

    Frecrich Froebel
    Frecrich Froebel, a German educator, designed the 1st curriculum to meet the specific needs of young children. The curriculum was based on play materials. He stressed the importance of teacher/child relationships.
  • Maria Montessori

    Maria Montessori
    Maria Montessori is an Italian educator that focused on development of intellect through exploration of materials. She believed senses were the source of an intellectual development. Maria also stressed the importance of school and family working closely together.
  • Jean Piaget

    Jean Piaget
    Jean Piaget, a French psychologist, believed children learn through experimenting. He suggests there are described periods of cognitive development and time and experience are needed for maturation.