One of the best parts of working with young children is watching them grow and develop into the people they will become. The ages between 0 and 5 are when children go through the most growth, and this is why Early Literacy is so critical during this time. Here are some of the most notable milestones for each age range - have you seen these in your Storytimes? When you do, share them with the adults in your group so that they can watch for these milestones, as well! Parents love that kind of thing. ;)
Read: Follows moving objects - this is the precursor to following words across the page!
Write: Grasps and shakes hands and toys - this is starting to build muscles for writing.
Sing: Turns head towards direction of sound - music and song are very interesting and help teach the sounds in words.
Talk: Begins to imitate sounds - the beginnings of speech.
Play: Enjoys playing with people - engagement in this fashion prepares children for success in school and in life.
Read: Finds partially hidden objects - understanding object permanence and the fact that objects continue behind barriers can lead to better reading skills and the understanding of the ends of words when only the beginnings are visible.
Write: Transfers objects from hand to hand - this further develops hand strength and dexterity for writing.
Sing: Babbles chains of sounds - this skill can be enhanced with music as it is easy to replicate song.
Talk: Responds to own name - beginning to recognize spoken words helps build the skills for talking.
Play: Is interested in mirror images - these games lead to recognition of objects (and self) that can be used to recognize words when reading
Read: Looks at correct picture when image is named - recognizing the relationship between words and images builds textual understanding.
Write: Uses pincer to grasp - further development of fine motor skills for writing.
Sing: Bangs two objects together - making music and sound help build understanding of rhythm and cadence later used in speaking.
Talk: Babbles with inflection - imitation of inflection help build the skills necessary to speak and communicate effectively.
Play: Enjoys imitating people in play - when children see you enjoying reading and learning, they will try to emulate you!
Join us next week for part two of this blog when we take a closer look at milestones for ages 2 and 3.