Random Musings

When is it children start to recognise differences?

Within my volunteering within a primary school in reception class I have recently started noticing children asking me about differences in other children.

One girl who has learning difficulties has been the choice topic for many of the children and asking me why she speaks differently and why she is different to them.

I found this an interesting observation to make as they have been in the same class since September and so I wondered as to why they were discussing and noticing differences now.

Is it something within their social conditioning that they haven’t encountered other types of learning abilities and only now they are starting to question?

Or is it that they are only starting to understand differences and contrasts at the age of 4 – 5 year olds.

If anyone has any scientific knowledge, facts or opinions it would be great to hear!

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