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Chase, Age 25 Months, Learning Thinking Skills

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Chase uses language to discover more about the world around him. What do you see Dorinda doing to support Chase's learning?

To Think About:

  • How is Chase using his problem-solving and thinking skills during this playtime?

  • How does Dorinda encourage Chase’s imagination?

  • What might Chase be learning during this interaction?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Chase does:

  • Shows his curiosity about the world around him when he tells his mother, I don’t know what that is when shown a cutting board. When mom names and defines this object for him, Chase repeats this new word to himself: Cutting board. Interactions like this build language and thinking skills.

  • Engages his mom in rich, back-and-forth pretend play, which develops his ideas and imagination.

  • Accepts that the wooden toy food is “standing in” for real food— showing his understanding of symbolic thinking—that one object can represent another.

What Dorinda does:

  • Follows Chase’s lead when he shows interest in pretend food–letting him know his interests are important.

  • Lets Chase be the director as she follows along. This helps Chase develop his own ideas.

  • Labels the different objects for Chase, helping him learn about new words and objects.

  • Encourages turn-taking and expands the play as she suggests he eat some of the food, too.

Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

  • How is your child developing thinking skills through her everyday interactions with you? Here are some questions to think about:

  • How does your child like to explore the world around him? Does he prefer to use his fingers and hands to figure out how things work, or does he like to be on the move, using his large muscles (arms and legs) to explore?

  • What kinds of activities does your child seek out and truly enjoy? Why do you think he prefers these activities?

Think about a recent playtime with your child.

  • What was he exploring?

  • How did he go about his exploration?

  • What do you think he was learning?

  • Did you participate in his play? If so, how? What impact did your participation have?

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