Ages & Stages of Child Development

Ages & Stages of Child Development

Should my son start sitting up soon? When should he drink from a cup? Start scribbling? Babbling? We all want to know our children are on the right track. At Halsey Schools we will let you know how your child is doing everyday. We will also complete formal detailed written assessments at least twice per year.

Daily Communication

We are here not only for your children but for you too. Every day:

  • We will tell you every day about your child’s efforts and progress both verbally & in our daily written reports.
  • We will answer any questions you have about your child’s progress & development so please ask.
  • We will ask you to help our efforts at school by using positive reinforcement & discipline at home.
  • We will provide additional parental resources through-out the year on our website & blog.

Written Assessments

We complete detailed written assessments at least twice per year for each child to let you know how your child is developing & learning . Children develop at their own pace so the criteria we follow offers a broad age range for each milestone. Some children might reach a designated milestone at 6 months old. But others might reach it at 3 months or 10 months.

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Simple Characteristic Guidelines

The characteristics that follow are simply basic guidelines.  Read or handbook or check out our calendar for upcoming teacher completed assessments.

Ages Characteristic or Milestone
0 to 7 Months
  • Responds to own name and smiles back
  • Shows happy/sad feelings—picks up on your mood
  • Lifts head to look around
  • Grasps small objects
  • Learns to roll over and sits up with help
  • Learns to tell speech from other sounds
  • Knows different faces/voices by 2 months
6 to 9 Months
  • Plays by banging things and taking things out of containers
  • Sits on own and learns to crawl/scoot
  • Babbles trying to show wants• Looks for things dropped
  • Copies a few sounds and actions
  • Likes familiar routines
9 to 12 Months
  • Waves/kisses/points in response to others• Crawls/scoots well
  • Spends longer time doing one thing
  • Babbles as if speaking—says mama/dada
  • Understands simple, familiar words
1 to 3 Years
  • Wants more freedom—tests, but wants and needs limits• Discovers own interests and wants
  • Walks/runs/climbs—gets into everything
  • Drinks from cup, eats with spoon and helps dress and do chores
  • Has temper fits and may grab/bite/hit
  • Copies sounds/actions more and better
  • Throws, then catches then kicks balls
3 to 6 Years
  • Plays dress-up to explore genders/roles
  • Asks “why” a lot—curious about nature
  • Rides/steers/pushes/pulls wheeled toys
  • Plays simple games
  • Delights in learning/showing new skills
  • Expresses definite likes and dislikes
  • Plays with others, takes turns and shares
  • Sings/dances simple routines

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please let us and/or your doctor know.

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Jenni Rice - Owner & Director

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