The book gives age-by-age expectations we can have for our students, but it begins by teaching that there are four Principles of Child Development:
- Development follows predictable patterns.
- Children go through predictable stages in the same order, but they will not all go through them at the same rate.
- The aspects of development do not proceed at the same rate.
- Growth is uneven.
Wood goes on to stress the need for students physical needs to be met and to be made a high priority in the classroom.
After introducing some facts of development, and some of the ways that teachers and parents can help their children to develop, Wood goes on to have a chapter for every year. In these chapters he explains what is normal at the age.
This book is a valuable tool for parents and teachers to know what to expect of their students. To gain some understanding for the variations in development, but also to be aware of what is normal, and what they might be concerned about.