Developing School Readiness Skills From 0-12 Months

Learn how children develop early learning skills from birth to 12 months. These skills include: Language and Literacy, Thinking Skills, Self-Control, and Self Confidence

Babies come into the world filled with curiosity about the people, objects, and places they encounter. Daily routines like feeding, diaper-changing, and bathtime offer babies especially rich opportunities to have fun, connect and bond with loved ones, and figure out how the world works.

Important early learning skills get their start through these everyday moments between babies and their adults. Reading together, and watching your baby to learn how she communicates through sounds, facial expressions, and gestures, are both ways to give her a foundation in literacy and language skills. Self-confidence grows as babies feel loved and nurtured by the adults who care for them. They begin developing self-control (though they won’t master this skill for a quite a while) when you soothe them after an upset. And babies learn to think, and to puzzle out an interesting problem, by using their senses to play and explore the world around them.

Remember: If your baby is interested and involved in an activity—and having fun—he is learning! It isn’t necessary to “teach” very young children. Formal classes and other activities that push babies and toddlers to learn concepts before they are ready do not help their development or make them do better in school. In fact, they can even make children feel like failures when they are pushed to do something they can’t succeed at or don’t enjoy. So treasure these early days of playing and cuddling with your little one—it is exactly what she needs to grow and learn.

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    Developing Self-Confidence From Birth to 12 Months

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    Developing Self-Control From 0-12 Months

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    Supporting Language and Literacy Skills from 0-12 Months

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