Developmental Milestones by 2 Years

You are the most important observer of your child's development. If your child has special needs, early help can make a difference. This is a simple tool you can use to be aware of and appreciate the dramatic changes that are occurring in your child. Watch for these signs in your child over a one month period. (Even children have "bad days.")

Remember, each child is different and may learn and grow at a different rate. However, if your child cannot do many of the skills listed for his or her age group, you should consult your pediatrician. If your child was born earlier than expected, be sure to deduct the number of months born early from his or her age. A 5-month-old born 2 months early would be expected to show the same skills as a 3-month-old who was born on his or her due date.

By 2 Years of age does your child:

  1. Motor Skills
  2. Drink from a straw
  3. Feed himself with a spoon
  4. Help in washing hands
  5. Put arms in sleeves with help build a tower of 3-4 blocks
  6. Toss or roll a large ball
  7. Open cabinets, drawers, boxes
  8. Operate a mechanical toy
  9. Bend over to pick up a toy and not fall
  10. Walk up steps with help and t ake steps backward

Sensory and Thinking Skills

  1. Like to take things apart
  2. Explore surroundings
  3. Point to 5-6 parts of a doll when asked
  4. Language and Social Skills
  5. Have a vocabulary of several hundred words
  6. Use 2-3 word sentences
  7. Say names of toys
  8. Ask for information about an object (asks, "Shoe?" while pointing to shoe box)
  9. Hum or try to sing and listen to short rhymes
  10. Like to imitate parents
  11. Sometimes get angry and have temper tantrums and act shy around strangers
  12. Comfort a distressed friend or parent
  13. Take turns in play with other children
  14. Treat a doll or stuffed animal as though it were alive
  15. Apply pretend action to others (as in pretending to feed a doll)
  16. Show awareness of parental approval or disapproval for her actions
  17. Refer to self by name and use "me" and "mine"
  18. Verbalize his desires and feelings ("I want cookie")
  19. Laugh at silly labeling of objects and events (as in calling a nose an ear)
  20. Enjoy looking at one book over and over
  21. Point to eyes, ears, or nose when you ask

Following the Child

This commonly used phrase comes from the Montessori practice of observing children in their natural environment (e.g. the prepared classroom)
and using their interests and level of ability as a
guide. The caregiver provides appropriate material
and adapts to meet the needs of each child accordingly.

Using Best Early Childhood Practices

Our programs are adapted for the specific areas
we engage in (e.g. rural environments) and utilize
time tested methods to make impact at the
grassroots level. We have a dedicated core of
experienced developers and trainers, with
backgrounds in a multitude of ECD disciplines.

Creating a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

By focusing on the early years, our programs capitalize on a window of opportunity when the brain is still forming and a person is most conducive to internalizing humanistic principles. By instilling a strong framework of values and ethics in our children, we plant seeds for future prosperity in the world.

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