6 Unit 1 Children and Families in Today’s World Copyright Goodheart-Willcox Co., Inc. Lesson 1.1 Understanding Child Development Key Terms child development development environment epigenome genes genetics heredity individual life cycle intellectual development physical development social-emotional development stressors Academic Terms domains growth potential Objectives After studying this lesson, you will be able to • defi ne the term child development. • describe the four domains of child development. • summarize the six stages of the individual life cycle that involve children. • explain how heredity and environment infl uence growth and development. Physical Intellectual Social Emotional In a chart like the one shown, write the four domains of child development. Then, as you read this lesson, categorize everything you learn about child development by domain. Based on your own experiences and observations, list what you think the six stages of child development are called. Then write two or three characteristics of each stage. As you read this lesson, list the six stages of child development and characteristics of each stage as noted by the author. After you finish reading the lesson, compare the two lists. In what ways are they similar and different? Why do you think the six stages of child development are divided in this way? Write a paragraph to summarize your findings.