Learn About your Child's Development - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Learn About your Child's Development

photoIowa Area Education Agencies have teams of dedicated professionals specialized in early childhood development who can help parents determine if their children are meeting age-appropriate milestones and growth objectives.

While each child grows at his or her own pace, listed below are some milestones typically met at the corresponding age:

6 months

  • reaches out for a toy or cracker and brings it to mouth
  • raises chest off the floor
  • babbles and squeals
  • rolls over

12 months

  • says “mama” and “dada”
  • walks with help or alone
  • finger feeds self
  • drinks from a cup with help

18 months

  • has become a “climber”
  • has a vocabulary of 6-10 words
  • likes to hear a short story
  • scribbles on paper using a crayon

2 years

  • uses 2-word sentences
  • imitates parents doing routine chores
  • walks up and down stairs
  • can identify body parts by pointing to them

3 years

  • dresses self
  • follows simple directions
  • rides a pedal toy
  • draws a circle

4 years

  • can place objects in a line from largest to smallest
  • counts one to seven objects out loud, but not always in the correct order
  • continues one activity for 10 to 15 minutes
  • may add “ed” to words, like “I goed to...”

5 years

  • knows basic colors
  • able to memorize address and phone number
  • understands that books are read from left to right, top to bottom
  • draws pictures that represent animals, people and objects

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