Your 2-Year-Old

Social Studies

Your little global citizen is learning about her social environment, how it functions, and what her place is within it. She’s beginning to understand how she fits into the larger community. Through that knowledge, she also recognizes how she is both alike and different from her peers. As you help her navigate her world, her memory expands, adding the places and people she knows the best. And with her growing vocabulary, she’ll recall and share her favorite experiences with you!

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I Belong Here.

A sense of community. As your toddler grows, he’s beginning to understand what that means…and how he fits in. When he’s given the opportunity to be part of cultural or social celebrations, he can see that he’s part of something bigger than just him. And watch as he observes others. He’s beginning to notice – and question! – both the similarities and differences he sees among himself and his peers.

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

A healthy child care setting includes individuals, family and the community. Notice whether children can identify and embrace the differences between themselves and others without judgment or negativity. Listen to whether teachers speak about self, family and culture.

I’m Making Memories.

She gets excited when you drive by the courthouse with the bright city flag. She knows by her surroundings when you’re about to arrive at her favorite store. She’s eager to move from play time to lunch time — especially when her tummy grumbles. Your toddler may not be able to express to you everything she recognizes and remembers about her environment and routines, but her memory of those things is expanding in very impressive and fast ways!

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

The routines and transitions in child care are important. Does the teacher plan and communicate accordingly to enable children to adapt to and anticipate the schedule? Do the children (in general) follow the established boundaries of the classroom setting?

I Know Where I Am.

“I go school.” “We go home.” Your toddler knows where he wants to be! And when he’s in familiar surroundings, he understands where certain things are stored – like the toys in his closet and the pans in the kitchen. And sometimes when he’s in one place and thinking of another, he’ll act out his adventures through imaginative play!

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

How familiar are the children with their physical environment? They should know where materials are stored, where hallways lead, and where other rooms exist. And when something new is introduced into the environment, teachers should use the appropriate vocabulary to identify and discuss changes.

I’d Like to Buy These, Please.

“I’d like some eggs, please.” Your toddler giggles as you hand her play money to complete your transaction. And then she hands your “eggs” to you in return. She is starting to understand the economic transactions that take place in her everyday world, and she’s ready to act them out! She also recognizes many of the people she sees regularly in her community – from her favorite police officer to the bus driver to the convenience store cashier.

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

Have you witnessed any dramatic play that mimics a child’s daily activities, such as the re-enactment of a grocery store purchase? Are these interactions treated as learning tools, and are the children supported in building the communication skills that enable them to express their desires?

I know How Bedtime Goes.

Your little citizen is learning more about being a part of a community. Routines are a big part of her world – from bedtime processes to meal times. With help from you and other adults, she is both following those routines and sharing her ideas details. So, she may know that you’ll read two books together each night — and she’ll know which books she wants to cuddle up with.

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

Great programs help children understand routines with kind and consistent guidance. Do you hear lots of reminders about what activity is coming next and clear opportunities for children to share their ideas about parts of the day? "After clean up, we get ready for nap. Do you want to put your cup away or clear your plate first?"

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.