Younger Infant: Emergent Literacy

Nate McCallisterYounger Infant


Before we learn to love books, we hit them. At least, younger infants do. This may be a sign, however, that the child is beginning to connect with print materials. As younger infants move toward realms where literacy begins to emerge,  they increasingly show interest in verbal communication and printed words and images. Below are some indicators or progress and … Read More

Preschool: Imagination and Invention

Nate McCallisterPreschool

Child uses cardboard wings to pretend to fly.

Look. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No. It’s a a preschooler using his imagination! Extended periods of play that allow children to exercise their imaginations enable them to develop important approaches to learning. Below are some examples of progress and some quick tips that you can use to help support the development of a child’s imagination and inventiveness. Age: … Read More

Toilet Training

Marie BakerFeatured Quick Tip, Preschool

Teddy bear on potty training toilet with toilet in background.

Hooray! So, you’re child has begun the journey of toilet learning. This is a very exciting time, but it can also be quite frustrating. Don’t get discouraged. If your child does some of the following, she may be ready for potty training: follows simple directions, sits upright for five minutes or more, stays dry for two hours or more, answers … Read More

Toddler: Communicating and Speaking

Nate McCallisterToddler

Smiling Toddler

When children learn to say the word “no” they often practice saying it a lot. When children learn to say or communicate “yes” and “no,” they illustrate developmental progress in communicating and speaking. Below are some additional indicators of progress as well as some quick tips on how you can help support a child’s development in this area. Age: 18-36 … Read More

Older Infant: Communicating and Speaking

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

To watch a child smile, crawl, roll, or stand for the first time is a joy. Included in these classic milestones is the infant wave. Many older infants begin to wave goodbye and make other similar gestures as they develop. This points to their progressing ability to communicate. There are things that you can do to support this development. Below … Read More

Younger Infant: Communicating and Speaking

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Younger Infant


Ever get the feeling your seven month old infant is talking to you? Well, young infants do talk. Sort of. Even as young infants, children begin to develop vocal communication skills. Some examples of progress in this area follow as well as some strategies you can use to support this development. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Language Development and Communication Sub-domain: … Read More

Toddler: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Toddler

Smiling Toddler

For many, it is a joy to watch toddler’s language and communication skills emerge. It is essential that children develop these skills. As their ability to communicate improves so does their ability to influence others. Which, in turn, helps nurture other areas of development as well. Below are some examples of progress in this area and some tips you can … Read More

Older Infant: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

Infant hand cupping ear.

One thing we can do to help older infants develop their ability to listen and understand is shush up. At times, instead of waiting for a child to respond to our words, we assume they can’t and we continue talking instead of pausing to wait for a response. Often, however, if we wait a few moments, the child will respond. … Read More

Younger Infant: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Younger Infant


“I put the spoon in the cereal. I scoop the cereal. Here comes the cereal,” Dad says to baby as the child opens her mouth to scarf down the scoop. To talk through routines like this with infants may seem silly at first, but when we do, we help them increase their capacity to listen and understand. The ability to … Read More