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SmartBaby Checklist for Your Child

Check out these developmental milestones recommended by the      U.S. Department of Education:

From birth to age 3, most babies and toddlers become able to:

  • Make sounds that imitate the tones and rhythms that adults use when talking.

  • Respond to gestures and facial expressions.

  • Begin to associate words they hear frequently with what the words mean.

  • Make cooing, babbling sounds in the crib, which gives way to enjoying rhyming and nonsense word games with a parent or caregiver.

  • Play along in games such as "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake."

  • Handle objects such as board books and alphabet blocks in their play.

  • Recognize certain books by their covers.

  • Pretend to read books.

  • Understand how books should be handled.

  • Share books with an adult as a routine part of life.

  • Name some objects in a book.

  • Talk about characters in books.

  • Look at pictures in books and realize they are symbols of real things.

  • Listen to stories.

  • Ask or demand that adults read or write with them.

  • Begin to pay attention to specific print such as the first letters of their names.

  • Scribble with a purpose (trying to write or draw something).

  • Produce some letter-like forms and scribbles that resemble, in some way, writing.

Birth to Age 3

Ages 3-4

From ages 3-4, most preschoolers become able to:

  • Enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks.

  • Understand that print carries a message.

  • Make attempts to read and write.

  • Identify familiar signs and labels.

  • Participate in rhyming games.

  • Identify some letters and make some letter-sound matches.

  • Use known letters (or their best attempt to write the letters) to represent written language especially for meaningful words like their names or phrases such as "I love you."