Parents are often astonished to watch their young children grow in the
first years of life, because there are so many developmental milestones
that take place between the ages of one and three. By knowing the important
stages of development for toddlers, parents can nurture their children's growth and encourage more positive
development. Here is a look at what you can expect to see in your child
before age 3 as he or she grows and begins to explore the world.
12 to 18 months
Children will want to move frequently around the age of one, because they
are learning to walk confidently, throw, kick, and squat. You should let
your child discover the world by moving through it, but make sure they
have plenty of safe space to move around. Between 12 and 18 months of
age, children also love to participate in story time, listening to parents
18 to 24 months
The 18 to 24 month age range is an exciting time, since this is when toddlers
begin to speak in full sentences and understand what different words mean.
Running and climbing are physical skills common in this age range, and
this may lead to more independence for your child. However, as he or she
grows more independent
and discovers more skills, there may be a relapse caused by a need for
comfort in a time of great change. If your child does seem to relapse
in skills, try cuddling or reading a book together so that he or she feels
comforted without becoming overly dependent.
24 to 36 months
Around 24 months, children will start to learn empathy and build social
relationships. This process should be nurtured by providing opportunities
for supervised social interactions where kids can play and learn together.
Parents can also lead by example by showing children appropriate emotional
reactions to different situations.
Montessori education in preschool, toddlers are presented with a number of developmental advantages in a
dynamic classroom environment. You can learn more about Montessori programs
at The Montessori School by calling us in Allen at (972) 908-5055 or in
Dallas at (469) 685-1732.