71 things your child needs to know

This article caught my eye – 71 things your child needs to know

I have copied the 71 things and noted what Scarlett can do and what she is learning and what she will learn – great resource to see your child devlop

Personal and Social Development

Approach to learning

  • Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner – my little girl loves the library
  • Persists in task and seeks help when encountering a problem – her fav saying is “no Scarlett do it” but she will ask you if she fails!
  • Is generally pleasant and cooperative – generally yes!


  • Follows rules and routines – likes routine – bath, bottle & bed
  • Manages transitions (going from one activity to the next) – tends to go from one to the next to the next
  • Demonstrates normal activity level – is always on the go

Interactions with Others

  • Interacts easily with one or more children – has loads of cousins so interacts with kids all the time
  • Interacts easily with familiar adults – is happy to be with her extended family
  • Participates in group activities – is always one of the pack
  • Plays well with others – know how to share
  • Takes turns and shares – will always share
  • Cleans up after play – if mummy helps!

Conflict Resolution – looking forward to this

  • Seeks adult help when needed to resolve conflicts
  • Uses words to resolve conflicts

Language and Literacy


  • Listens with understanding to directions and conversations – amazed about how good she is with this
  • Follows one-step directions – being doing this for ages
  • Follows two-step directions – started doing this recently


  • Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues – it was just us that understood her but now everyone can
  • Relates experiences with some understanding of sequences of events – tells everyone what she has done and in what order

Literature and Reading

  • Listens with interest to stories read aloud – loves stories
  • Shows interest in reading-related activities – loves the libary
  • Retells information from a story – only the bit from night garden where iggle piggle isnt sleeping!
  • Sequences three pictures to tell a logical story – not yet!

Writing – she loves to draw but not mastered writing yet

  • Uses pictures to communicate ideas
  • Uses scribbles, shapes, and letter-like symbols to write words or ideas

Alphabet Knowledge – loves her game with the alphabet

  • Recites/sings alphabet
  • Matches upper-case letters
  • Matches lower-case letters
  • Identifies upper-case letters
  • Identifies lower-case letters

Mathematical Thinking

Patterns and Relationships

  • Sorts by color, shape, and size – started doing this!
  • Orders or seriates several objects on the basis of one attribute
  • Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them

Number concept and operations

  • Rote counts to 20 – 1-7 at the moment
  • Counts objects with meaning to 10
  • Matches numerals
  • Identifies by naming, numerals 0-10

Geometry and spatial relations

  • Identifies 4 shapes- circle, square, rectangle, triangle – gets shapes into shape holes and understands circle
  • Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts (up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, beside/between, top/bottom, inside/outside, above/below, high/low, right/left, off/on, first/last, far/near, go/stop) – wow she knows all of these!


  • Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more. – everything is little or big!

Physical Development

Gross-Motor Skills

  • Pedals and steers a tricycle – her feet cannot touch the pedals but she tries
  • Jumps in place, landing on two feet – counts 1,2 and then jumps – where ever she is!
  • Jumps consecutively- 7 jumps – not yet
  • Balances on one foot for 5 seconds – not yet
  • Hops on one foot 2-3 hops – not yet
  • Hops on one foot- 6 ft. – not yet
  • Throws a ball with direction- 5 ft. – tries
  • Catches a thrown ball with arms and body – lets her dad catch!
  • Climbs a playground ladder – scarily but yes!
  • Skips smoothly for 20 feet

Fine-Motor Skills

  • Stacks 10, one-inch blocks
  • Strings 4 1/2″ beads in two minutes
  • Completes a seven piece interlocking puzzle
  • Makes a pancake, snake, and ball from playdough
  • Grasps pencil correctly – started to do this
  • Copies:  vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, square, V, triangle
  • Copies first name
  • Prints first name without a model
  • Grasps scissors correctly
  • Cuts within 1/4″ of a 6″ straight line on construction paper
  • Cuts out a 3″ square on construction paper
  • Cuts out a 3″ triangle on construction paper
  • Cuts out a 3″ circle on construction paper
  • Uses a glue stick appropriately
  • Uses appropriate amount of glue for tasks

The Arts

Creative Arts

  • Identifies 10 colors:  red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink – starting to really learn her colours
  • Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration


  • Participates in group music experiences
  • Participates in creative movement/dance – loves to dance

Creative Dramatics

  • Makes believe with objects – goes shopping all the time
  • Takes on pretend roles and situations – she loves being the mummy

I plan to revisit this list in a year….the changes


Posted on June 28, 2012, in Mummy Update, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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