Early Bird Learning Guide™

 

The Early Bird Learning Guide™ is a system to help parents understand which skills they’re reinforcing when they read a Cottage Door book to their baby. The guide is based on widely accepted milestones of childhood development and corresponds to the removable sticker on the front cover of each of our books.

 

Welcome to the world, little one!

Social & Emotional

    • Recognizes parents' voices, faces, and scents
    • Smiles in response to other people
    • Makes strong eye contact when held face to face

    Cognitive & Language

    • Coos and babbles, especially when being talked to or sung to
    • Recognizes own name
    • Shows interest in simple picture books
    Physical & Motor
    • Holds head up and steady when being held
    • Sits with support, then independently
    • Reaches out and grasps objects



    Your baby is hungry for learning. 

    Social & Emotional

    • Follows your attention when looking at something
    • Enjoys “peek-a-boo” and other surprises
    • “Shows off” when rewarded with smiles and attention

    Cognitive & Language

    • Holds a book and vocalizes or pats pictures while being read to
    • Understands object categories, like “cars” and “animals”
    • Says first words, like “dog” or “ball”

    Physical & Motor

    • Begins holding objects between thumb and forefinger (pincer grasp)
    • Claps hands and crawls 
    • May take first steps without help

    Your baby wants to try new things.

    Social & Emotional

    • Displays affection in hugs, kisses, and smiles
    • Shows distress when they face a challenge
    • Knows when a parent likes or dislikes certain behavior

    Cognitive & Language

    • Vocabulary grows rapidly, from a few words to dozens
    • Recognizes familiar sequences of events, such as bath time, story time, bedtime
    • Understands simple instructions

    Physical & Motor

    • Eats with a spoon or fork
    • Responds to music by bouncing or dancing
    • Plays with toys that can be pushed or pulled while walking



    Your baby is ready to fly!

    Social & Emotional
    • Begins to say no to many things
    • Experiences emotional highs and lows
    • Demonstrates a strong desire for independence

    Cognitive & Language

    • Vocabulary explodes, adding up to eight new words every day
    • Tries to hum or sing
    • Enjoys turning the pages of a book and filling in words of stories

    Physical & Motor

    • Improves fine motor skills, such as scribbling with a crayon
    • Opens drawers and crawls inside cabinets
    • Scoots around on small riding toys

    Your little one is ready to explore.

    Social & Emotional

    • Begins to talk about feelings and tries to control them
    • Likes to help with household tasks
    • Engages in pretend play with props

    Cognitive & Language

    • Wants to hear the same story again and again
    • Names familiar objects with the correct word
    • Begins to use logic and understands opposites

    Physical & Motor

    • Runs and walks smoothly
    • Begins to draw pictures and letters
    • Progresses toward toilet training



    Your little one is spreading his wings!

    Social & Emotional

    • Engages in pretend social play, like “You be the mommy”
    • Enjoys peers, but play is still not truly interactive
    • Begins learning to take turns and share

    Cognitive & Language

    • Loves books and can converse about them
    • Uses pronouns in simple sentences
    • Understands “if-then” statements

    Physical & Motor

    • Undresses herself, but needs help dressing
    • Hops and jumps by himself
    • Is able to draw a circle


    Story time is family time!

    Social & Emotional
    • Strengthens family bonds
    • Supports a literate home environment
    • Creates lifetime memories

    Cognitive & Language

    • Supports future writing skills
    • Reinforces language patterns
    • Introduces communication and discussion skills

    Physical & Motor

    • Teaches how to use a book
    • Improves hand-eye coordination
    • Encourages exploration

    For more information on key milestones in early childhood development, please visit:

    www.pbs.org/wholechild/abc
    www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly
    www.healthychildren.org

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