A child's early years often bring wonder and excitement! They are learning every day; changing rapidly from birth until kindergarten. All children grow and develop skills at their own rate, but some children experience delays in their development.
Parents know their children best and may be the first to notice that their child is developing differently than other babies or young children. Please read the guidelines listed below and see what your child can do.
1-3 mo •Supports upper body with arms when lying on stomach
•Follows moving objects
•Makes cooing sounds, vocal play begins at 3 months
•Enjoys playing with others, may cry when playing stops
4-7 mo •Pushes up on extended arms
•Looks for fallen toys
•Babbling begins; listen for repeating sounds eg. “ma ma ma”
•Enjoys social play eg. “peek a boo” or “so big”
8-12 mo •Can get into sitting position without help
•Finds hidden objects easily
•Says “dada” & “mama” for a specific person
•Enjoys imitating people when playing
12-18 mo •Walks alone
•Follows simple one step directions
•Says at least 15 words by 18 mo.
•Knows the functions of common household objects
19-24 mo •Points to objects or pictures when named
•Uses two word sentences
•Begins to play make believe
•Begins to show defiant behavior
25-36 mo •Runs easily
•Builds a tower of more than six blocks
•Strangers can understand most of their words
•Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people
•Is interested in other children and will play near them, using the same toys
3-4 yrs •Pedals a tricycle
•Begins to copy some letters in their name
•Speaks in sentences of 5-6 or more words
•Understands the concepts of same/different and big/little
4-5 yrs •Runs, hops, and climbs on a variety of surfaces
•Draws a person with a body
•Recalls part of a story
•Knows 5 shapes, 10 colors, & can count to 10
•Wants to please and be with friends
•By age 4, easily separates from parent or caregiver
•Understands two part directions with prepositions
eg. "Put the cup on the table and get your coat"
If you have questions or concerns, call the Minnewaska early childhood specialists at 320.239.1403. We are here to help.