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Important Developmental Milestones for under 5's

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Important Developmental Milestones for under 5's

Did you know that your child’s brain will develop more and faster in the first five years of their life, than at any other time? It’s pretty amazing to think about how many important developmental milestones children achieve in their formative years. Developmental milestones are a set of developmental goals that a child will hit within a certain timeframe across the 5 main areas of early childhood development. They are the skills or abilities that children acquire, which generally build upon one another. Think of them as a checklist that represents what the average child can do by a certain...

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Developmental Milestones 3-4 year olds

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Developmental Milestones 3-4 year olds

  Let's look at the main developmental milestones for 3 to 4 years old.  Developmental Milestones: 3 - 4 years This is a wonderful age for you and your preschooler as you can kiss goodbye to the "terrible twos" and hello to the adorable 3s! Your chatterboxes will become more social, and more inquisitive. Buckle up, this is the age of the "why" questions!   Between the ages of 3-4 years, these are the milestones you should expect to see: By 3, your preschoolers are usually able to take turns in games and show affection to their friends.  They have a better understanding of what is “his”...

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Early Child Development: Gross Motor Skills

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Early Child Development: Gross Motor Skills

Areas of Child Development: Gross Motor Skills Gross Motor Skills refer to the physical skills needed to make large body movements i.e. the large muscles, specifically the head, neck, arms, and legs. It's the movement of your arms, legs or torso in a coordinated and controlled way.   The first example of a child developing his gross motor skills is at around 3-4 months when he raises his head when pulled into a sitting position, followed by him rolling over. Each stage of gross motor skill development leads to the next, as they strengthen the necessary muscles and bones to help them progress from rolling over...

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Early Childhood Development: Fine Motor Skills

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Early Childhood Development: Fine Motor Skills

Areas of Child Development: Fine Motor Skills This refers to the physical skills needed to make small movements i.e. the small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers. Fine motor skills start developing almost at birth as they grasp reflexively, followed a few months later when they place their fingers in their mouth, and by 6 months old, when they begin to grasp at objects. Fine motor skills involve more precision to perform than gross motor skills (don’t tell a soccer player we said that though!) and requires a number of independent skills (like hand-eye coordination, hand control, body awareness, and patience) to work...

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Early Childhood Development: Cognitive Skills

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Early Childhood Development: Cognitive Skills

Areas of Child Development: Cognitive Skills As infants grow and reach early childhood, they become more aware of how the world works and have a better understanding of what, where, how, and why. Cognitive development in children is the development of the skills and knowledge that help them understand their environment. It’s the evolution of their thought process - how they process information; how they think and feel; how they determine right from wrong; how they make decisions and solve problems; how they learn new things, and how they perceive the world around them.   Every day, even as adults, we gain more knowledge, learn new things, acquire...

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