Do you still remember how excited you were when your child spoke the first word? Were your feet on the ground when your child took his/her first step? I think no word can describe the excitement that we parents get seeing our child grow! Let us make this journey more exciting by understanding what are the important milestones that you will be expecting between the age of 2 to 3.
Though there are different views on developmental areas, we are going to understand 4 domains of development that play an important role in early childhood. Remember that these are just a guideline and not necessarily you will find all these milestones taking place. Each child will grow in their unique way and their own pace.
I. Physical Development
Physical development involves growth, and the ability to use muscles and body parts. Good physical development is important as it helps us to do many tasks and develop certain skills. There are two types of skills that contribute to physical development.
A. Gross motor skills: This involves the ability to use all of the "big" muscles in our body. Crawling, walking, running, skipping, jumping, and climbing are all examples of gross motor activity.
B. Fine motor skills: This involves using of small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, to do certain activities. Things like colouring, writing, cutting with scissors, tearing paper, etc. all help build fine motor skills.
II. Socio-Emotional Development
As the name suggests, it is about social and emotional development. Social skills are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others, whereas Emotional skills help us in expressing and managing our emotions such as fear, anger and happiness. Healthy social-emotional development helps to manage our emotions in a better way and develop positive self-esteem and self-confidence. Social and emotional development often go hand-in-hand since how a child behaves socially often impacts his/her emotional well-being and vice versa.
III. Cognitive Development
Cognitive development is the process by which a child learns to reason, solve problems and to think systematically. Children have often been compared to little scientists. They are constantly learning new ideas, how things work, and how to solve problems. Simple activities like playing, listening, sorting, watching, asking questions, etc. stimulates the cognitive development of a child. Cognitive development helps a child's brain develop and understand more complex thoughts and processes as they grow
IV. Language Development
Language learning starts as soon as a child is born! Even new babies are aware of the sounds around them. By the age of two, your child is able to understand simple instructions and create sounds or tell few words or simple sentences. As time progresses they acquire alphabetic, oral, and written language. Even though your little one might not be able to read properly for next few years, you should read to him/her.
Development in all these four areas will help holistic development of your child. Though these development will take place on its own gradually, you can stimulate the process and help your child reach his/her full potential.
We are here you to help your child flourish in all these developmental areas through our '30 Minutes With Appy' programme.
So What To Do With Your Child During ‘30 Mins With Appy'?
Watch a Video: Each month there will be some specific theme e.g. theme for month 1 will be Numbers, Alphabets, Myself & My family and Colours. Few Videos will be suggested under each theme that you should show to your child. These video suggestions will be based on learning objectives that are suitable for this age group.
Perform an activity: Do a small activity along with your child after watching the suggested video(s). These activities have been designed keeping four domains of development in mind. You will find suggested activities in our blogs for 2-3 year old kids each week.
Keep yourself updated on our blog for new activities for your 2-3 year old.
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