Your 2-Year-Old

English / Language Arts

So much to say, so little time! Your toddler’s communication skills are increasing at lightning speed, and she’s doing everything in her power to tell you her story. Sit down with a favorite book, and listen as she “reads” along with her favorite passages. Keep some crayons and pencils at the ready. Then, watch as she communicates with you on paper. Ask her what her written (or scribbled) “story” is about. Nine times out of ten, she’ll be eager to explain it! She’s learning a handful of letters, numbers and symbols at an astounding pace. Get ready…soon she’ll be the one reading you the bedtime story.

Child Care Staff Gifts: What They Really Want!

I Know What You Mean.

“Put your toys away, please.” If your toddler doesn’t respond to this request, it might be more about his unwillingness to cooperate than his inability to understand. By now he comprehends simple sentences. He likely responds with gestures, actions, his own simple phrases…or sometimes a combination of all three! His vocabulary is expanding exponentially. As it grows, he’ll continue to surprise you with his ability to grasp so many new words. Keep talking!

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

When the teachers are talking, do the children listen? And when the children are talking, do the teachers listen? Good communication goes both ways!

ABCs? I Know These!

She loves to hold her own books, turn the pages, and tell the story. Your toddler might not be reading just yet, but she understands what it means to be a reader, she can identify certain letters and symbols, she recognizes the books that are her favorites, and she can recite her favorite song lyrics and repetitive phrases. (Think: “Goodnight, Moon.”) Pretty soon, she’ll be reading to you!

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

Look for the writing on the wall…literally! Shelves, cubbies and bulletin boards should have items that are labeled and described. And children should have the opportunity to read with teachers as well as on their own.

They’re Not Scribbles, They’re Stories.

Your toddler loves to express himself in a number of ways. One of his favorites? Storytelling! Right now, he uses everything at his disposal — paints, crayons, pencils — as a way to express himself. And he might even tell you a story so you can write it down for him!

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

Are children’s stories recorded and displayed? It’s also important to look for a variety of accessible writing and drawing tools…and evidence that they’re put to good use!

All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.