The developmental stages of childhood go fast. The first years, from birth to eight years old, children grow rapidly. Children grow so fast from an infant into a young person in a blink of an eye. Parents will recognize this because of all the clothes you go through during this time. Children are able to do things for themselves and start to gain some independence. This stage is referred to as the Skill Stage. Children will typically double in length and size during this time. Children go from being a little baby who needs undivided attention to a toddler who looks like a small adult. This segment was feature on The Rhode Show. Watch it here.
Toddler stage: children can balance, push toys, begin to run, can build towers with blocks, begin to throw and catch a ball, they will also start to show signs of bladder control. If you toddler is taking a nap and wakes up dry, tells you they are wet or soiled themselves, or can sleep through the night and wake up dry, this is signs that he/she is ready to be toilet trained and bye bye to diapers/pullups. At this stage they still may require sleeping 11-14 hours in a 24 hour period. They will also begin to put three word sentence together, like “Me want toy” or begin to name pictures and sounds in a book; cow moo, cat meow, and so on. Although they are on their way, temper tantrums may still happen and they do not like to share at this stage. This will pass.
Stages three years to about five years old: During these stages children still continue to grow rapidly but start to develop more eye hand coordination, fine motor skills such as holding a pencil or crayon. Gross motor also develops more in this stage; jump, skip, climb structures, and begin to balance on one foot. They will begin to count 1-4 objects and will understand size, such as a large or big ball vs a small ball. They will know the difference between pronouns; you, he and me. At this stage children begin to share and take turns. Between four and five years old, your child will begin to hold scissors and use them properly, know his/her address and number, can dress themselves and begin to learn how to tie their shoes. By age five, your child’s language will grow rapidly, they should be up to around 1,500 words and can talk in five to seven word sentences. Language is a powerful tool- read to your children, help them to understand words and solve problems. This will enhance their cognitive development further. They are also learning to understand right from wrong. These are just a few stages your child goes through, but there are so much more.
Early Childhood has come a long way over the years. When you enroll your child in an early education facility such as TCW, you are giving your child a head start in the early foundations of learning in a caring environment with educated staff. In early learning facilities they can detect developmental delays and get families the resources they need. So when your child is ready for Elementary school they have the help they need already in place to succeed. Early learning facilities help fill the gap and guide families how to enroll in the next level or help get them the help their child will need, or just to be ready to take on that next stage in life.
Growing up is a tough job and it goes by so fast. The first few years of life are critical stages for learning they are the foundations that help shape your child’s future to succeed.
This article was written by Tracy Martin-Turgeon, V.P. and Regional Director at The Children’s Workshop in Cumberland, RI.