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Language Growth
  • They listen and join into rhymes and songs
  • They remember and repeat rhymes and songs
  • Toddlers use one-word as requests (“drink” or “water” or “more”)
  • They ask for common items by name (milk, cookie, sock)
  • Toddlers point and gesture to communicate
  • They repeat everything they hear so make it a game
  • Toddlers ability to understand and speak are developing rapidly
  • They use phrases (“more drink” and “dad read”)
  • Toddlers will tell you about their own activity (“eat cookie” or “go potty”)
  • They understand and use sentences (“I go down.” Or “Give it to me.”)
  • Toddlers will give or touch specific objects on request
  • They can name things and places (animals, clothing, zoo, kitchen…)
  • They answer “yes” or “no” when asked a question
  • They ask and answer simple questions
  • They continually ask questions to make sense of their World/Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  • Toddlers can follow one step directions
  • They will name familiar objects, people, pets, when asked
  • Toddlers can point to at least six body parts and name them
  • They love to listen to stories and ask to be read favorite stories
  • They understand actions and events in simple stories
  • Toddlers can tell events that happen during the day
  • They will name objects on the description given
  • Toddlers listen closely to conversations
  • They can tell you their age and name
Knowledge Growth
 
 
  • Toddlers love to be read to, they pretend to read books, and ask questions about what is being read
  • They put objects into containers before removing them
  • Toddlers respond to simple requests (touch your nose…)
  • They can solve simple puzzles and start to solve more complex puzzles
  • Toddlers demonstrate the concept of up and down (“put the spoon down”)
  • They like games
  • Toddlers experiment with objects to discover what they do
  • They repeat actions (opening and closing)
  • Toddlers show anticipation of events when a verbal cue is provided (“let’s go outside” and they go to the closet for their coat)
  • They remember and find hidden objects
  • Toddlers place shapes into correct slots
  • Toddlers match shapes (circles, squares, triangles…)
  • They use trial and error to solve problems
  • Toddlers take apart and put objects back together
  • Toddlers give or touch specific objects on request
  • They know animal sounds
  • Toddlers can find details in pictures
  • They are explorers of their surroundings/cabinets and drawers
  • Toddlers match objects identical to given objects (shoes, socks, mittens)
  • Toddlers match big and little objects
  • They love nursery rhymes they will join in and repeat them
  • Toddlers can group objects by categories
  • They can sort objects by size, shape, or color
  • Toddlers can match colors and name colors
  • They remember events and places
  • Toddlers understand quantities
  • They understand events happen in a certain order
  • Toddlers can pick out objects when their function is described (“what do you brush your teeth with?”)
  • They can point out smaller body parts (fingers, thumb, toes…)
  • Toddlers will point to body parts when you describe their function (“show me what you hear with?”
  • They can tell you their name and their age or hold up their fingers
  • Toddlers can name 3 familiar musical instruments by their sound
 
Social Growth
 
  • Toddlers love to imitate adult behaviors and activities
  • They comfort others in distress and show affection
  • Toddlers can play by oneself for a period of time
  • They give up the bottle
  • Toddlers are expanding their self-help skills; dressing and undressing, toileting
  • Toddlers can wash their hands, help with their bath, and brush their teeth
  • They enjoy parallel play; engage in solitary activities near other children
  • They enjoy playing with other children
  • Toddlers will use objects to pretend within their play
  • They love to participate in simple activities of singing, clapping, and dancing
  • Toddlers like routines
  • They love meal times with family and have self-feeding skills
  • Toddlers express a wide range of emotions
  • They recognize themselves in pictures
  • Toddlers love to look in the mirror and smile and make faces
  • They are helpful and will put things away
  • Toddlers can understand and follow simple rules
  • They enjoy hearing familiar stories repeated; they will participate in story telling
  • Toddlers use “please” and “thank you”
  • They greet familiar people  
 Physical Growth
 
  • Toddlers can throw a ball forward
  • They can catch large balls
  • They can walk forwards and backwards
  • Toddlers love to kick large balls
  • They can walk up and down stairs holding a railing
  • Toddlers love to climb!
  • They can run and run and run
  • Toddlers can walk on their tiptoes
  • Toddlers ride on push toys
  • They love to scribble 
  • Toddlers hold their cup independently while drinking
  • They can feed themselves with a spoon
  • Toddlers can remove socks, hat, coat, pants and shoes independently
  • They can zip a zipper
  • Toddlers can jump in place with both feet
  • They can stand on one foot
  • Toddlers like to walk on a straight line
  • They can pedal tricycle
  • Toddlers can somersault forward
  • They can climb toddler slide, jungle gym, and ladders 
Fine Motor Growth
 
  • Toddlers can manipulates objects with many moving parts
  • They can remove rings from pegs or pegs from a board or pound pegs with a hammer
  • Toddlers can pull apart and put together pop-beads
  • They can turn pages of a book (thicker books are ideal)
  • Toddlers can stack blocks
  • They love to scribble with crayon
  • Toddlers use mechanical means to activate a toy (pulls ring or turns know of music box)
  • They can places objects through small opening/hole in lid of bottle or box
  • Toddlers can completes puzzle with circle, square, and triangle
  • They love to put together nesting toy
  • Toddlers can string beads and lace objects
  • They can hold crayons, markers, and paint brush with thumb and finger instead of fist
  • Toddlers can draw and paint with wrist action, making circles, dots, and lines
  • They love to roll, pound, and squeeze play dough
  • Toddlers draw lines and circles
  • They begin to use scissors
  • Toddlers hold a spoon with adult grasp and pierce food with fork and bring to mouth
  • They snap and unsnap snaps and button buttons
  • Toddlers can turn pages of a book one at a time
  • They can put fitted lids on bowls and pans/put screw lids on jars
  • Toddlers can unwrap small objects and tear paper into strips
  • They can hold a pencil with thumb and finger in adult grasp
 Creative Growth
  • Toddlers respond to simple requests
  • Toddlers love to dance freely to songs
  • They love to use and explore color
  • Toddlers will make their own creations
  • They hum and sing along to favorite songs
  • Toddlers have great imaginations and like to tell their own stories
  • They love to create with finger paints, clay, markers, crayons, and paint
  • They like to play with water and sand
  • Toddlers enjoy quite a fantasy life
  • They love to dress up
 
  
 
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