• Physical development,
• Social and emotional development,
• Intellectual development,
• Language development.
It is very important to understand how children develop and to know that all areas of development are equally as important as each other. Children develop at a different rate, so it's impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older.
By 6 months:
Raise head slightly when lying on stomach, hold head up for a few seconds, when supported, reach, grasp, and put objects in mouth, smile at familiar faces and voices.
Between 6 months and one year:
Roll from their backs onto their stomachs and push their head, chest and neck off the floor. Move from sitting with support to sitting alone. Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward. Transfer objects between hands. Throw objects, pick things up with thumb and one finger, drop and pick up toys. Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture. May take a few steps without holding on and may stand alone.
Between one and two years:
Walk alone and walk backwards. May walk up steps and run. Pulls toys while walking. Drinks from a cup and eats with a spoon. Move to music. Paint with whole arm movement. Enjoy a picture book and turn two or three pages at a time. Builds towers of 4 or more blocks. Shake head for NO and wave goodbye.
Between two and three years:
Climbs well and runs easily. Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step. Pedals a tricycle (3-wheel bike). Use a slide without help.
Throw and catch a ball. Build a tall tower of blocks. Draw crosses and circles.
Social and emotional development
By 6 months:
Begin to realize she is a