Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Children's Developmental Milestones

Children's Development Milestones

Now that Six Early Literacy Skills have been broken down, I thought I'd share the development milestones in children that will help us understand how a child is developing. This information will assist us in enhancing our storytimes with activities, books, and crafts accordingly.

From 0 - 12 Months
  • Has full color vision (6 months for eyes sight to fully develop with color vision - high contrast books recommended)
  • Socializes by watching faces
  • Becomes interested in pictures
  • Stands for a moment without support
  • Looks at correct picture when image is named
  • Begins to use objects correctly

By 24 Months
  • More excited about the company of other children
  • Separation anxiety increases towards midyear, then fades
  • Begins to sort by shapes and colors
  • Begins make-believe play
  • Recognizes names or familiar people, objects, and body parts
  • Scribbles on his or her own

By 3 Years
  • Objects to major changes in routine
  • Matches an object in hand or the room to a picture in a book
  • Vision nears 20/20
  • Understands most sentences
  • Bends over easily without falling
  • Turns book pages one at a time

By 4 Years
  • Cooperates with other children
  • Often can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality
  • Recalls parts of a story
  • Understands the concepts of "same" and "different"
  • Begins to copy some capital letters

By 5 Years
  • Abel to distinguish fantasy from reality
  • Can count 10 or more objects
  • Understands books are read left to right, top to bottom
  • Hops, somersaults, stands on one foot
  • Understands that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Draws pictures that represent animals, people, and objects

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