Developmental milestones in children

Developmental milestones in children

Developmental milestones in children

Date posted: February 22, 2013

Children’s growth and development progresses in an orderly way. These resources provide a guide to what generally can be expected at different ages. It’s good to remember that while skills develop in a certain order, children develop at different rates.


Einstein never used flash cards: how our children really learn – and why they need to play more and memorize less.
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta M. Golinkoff with Diane Eyer. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2003.
Written for parents and educators, this book looks at how children learn and develop. It translates research into practical information.

Foundations in family literacy: module III: child development and emergent literacy.
Maureen Sanders & Janet Shively, editors. Edmonton, AB: Centre for Family Literacy, 2009.
This book, one of seven in the Foundation in Family Literacy program, explores the principles of child development, including the importance of play and family involvement.

Language and literacy: from birth … for life: research summary. (Book + CD)
Rachael Millard and Michelle Waese. Ottawa: Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network, 2007.
Child care practitioners play a vital role in fostering language and literacy skills. The kit is comprised of a summary of current research on language and literacy development in young children, and a CD-rom featuring workshops, interviews and video clips of effective practice techniques.

Pathways: a profile to record the development and progress of young children who may have special needs.
Team for Children Under Five with Learning Difficulties. Birmingham, UK: Visiting Teacher Service, 2002.
This workbook outlines the key developmental milestones for children from birth to 3 or 4 years of age. It looks at self help skills, cognitive/memory and hand-eye skills, language, social development, and large muscle skills. While it is designed for use with young children who may have special needs, it describes the skill development to expect for children at certain ages.

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Child development tracker – From PBS parents, this webpage offers insights into stages of growth from ages 1 to 8 and covers approaches to learning, creative arts, language, literacy, mathematics, physical health, science, and social and emotional growth for each year. Encyclopedia on early childhood development – This free encyclopedia covers 48 topics related to child development from 0 to 5. Handbook of language and literacy development: a roadmap from 0 to 60 months – This website provides information on different age groups and includes a parent narrative and a research review. Each topic offers an overview, developmental milestones, glossary, tips for parents, how to get help and references. Responding to children’s needs: important developmental milestones in young children – a booklet for parents from the Centre for Excellence in Early Childhood Development

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