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Intellectual Development - Language: 18 to 24 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
  • Begin to make phrases or short sentences of two or three words
  • Begin expressing their needs using sentences
  • Ask simple "what" and "where" questions (For example, "what's that?" "where's grandma?")
  • Point to familiar objects

  • Comfort

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

    Parents Can:
  • Keep their toddler talking
  • Child Will:
  • Know you care about what he is saying, and enjoy listening to him

  • Parents Can:
  • Be attentive and responsive to their toddler's needs, but especially those she tries to communicate
  • Child Will:
  • Feel she is in a safe and secure place where people want to hear what she has to say
  • Feel her needs and wants are understood

  • Play

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

    Parents Can:
  • Play games with sounds and words by creating nonsense rhymes
  • Child Will:
  • Enjoy playing with rhyming sounds

  • Parents Can:
  • Actively involve their toddler in daily routines and describe what everyone is doing
  • Child Will:
  • Feel like he has something to contribute to the family
  • Learn words match actions he sees and does

  • Parents Can:
  • Use music as an opportunity to practice words and move to rhythms
  • Child Will:
  • Discover the fun of singing and dancing
  • Listen to the rhythms
  • Learn new words and actions

  • Teach

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

    Parents Can:
  • Add information that will help their toddler learn (for example, daily neighbourhood walks are a wonderful time to add new information)
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to incorporate new information into what she knows and tries to use it in her conversations

  • Parents Can:
  • Repeat what their toddler has said by modelling the correct pronunciation
  • Child Will:
  • Try to say the words he hears

  • Parents Can:
  • Read books together
  • Child Will:
  • Associate certain words with pictures
  • Expand his vocabulary and use of language

  • Social Development: 18 to 24 months
    Emotional Development: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Numeracy: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 18 to 24 months

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