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Intellectual Development - Language: Birth to 6 months

Intellectual Development means being able to communicate, to think both creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems, and develop keen judgment and a lifelong readiness to learn.

Emerging Skills
  • Express needs by crying
  • Coo, chuckle, gurgle when happy
  • Express emotions through facial expressions and gestures
  • React to sounds, such as loud noises

  • Comfort

    Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, babies will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.

    Parents Can:
  • Respond to their baby's cry with a soothing voice, a song, eye contact or a hug
  • Child Will:
  • Feel her needs are being responded to and develop a sense of security

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide verbal responses to their baby's gestures or sounds of happiness or pleasure by singing a tune, talking or echoing back similar sounds
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to know he can count on you to respond, which creates trust

  • Parents Can:
  • Offer a facial gesture, a responsive and kind touch or a verbal acknowledgement
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to interact with you more
  • Respond to eye contact or the sound of a familiar voice

  • Play

    Through opportunities for play, babies will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while learning about themselves and others.

    Parents Can:
  • Use singing and story telling, or simple games, such as peek-a-boo, as a fun way to interact
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to imitate some sounds, have fun making sounds and then watch for your reaction

  • Parents Can:
  • Imitate the sounds their baby makes to initiate a little game that involves turn-taking
  • Child Will:
  • Have conversations with those who respond to his sounds
  • Chat and experiment with different sounds, while also beginning to engage in turn-taking

  • Teach

    Through routines and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, babies can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.

    Parents Can:
  • Be predictable - a new "trick" is not needed for every situation
  • Child Will:
  • Start to predict what comes next
  • Begin to respond to routines and patterns in your behaviour, developing a sense of safety and security

  • Parents Can:
  • Talk about daily routines (such as sleeping, bathing and feeding)
  • Child Will:
  • Develop a sense of the language and tonality that go with familiar routines

  • Parents Can:
  • Use a mirror to play with their baby
  • Talk to their baby about body parts (such as eyes, nose, mouth)
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to recognize her image
  • Begin to learn that she is a separate being

  • Social Development: Birth to 6 months
    Emotional Development: Birth to 6 months
    Intellectual Development: Birth to 6 months

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