Education Guide: Ages One-to-Three Months
Motor Development Milestones
- Begins to lift head while lying on stomach
- Muscle strength and control improving, early movements are large and jerky; gradually become smoother and more purposeful
- Begins to and then completely relaxes fist, unfolds fingers
- Waves hands in an open or semi-open position
- Begins to raise head and upper body on arms when in a prone position
- Upper body parts are more active: clasps hands above face, waves arms about, reaches for objects
- May roll from front to back by turning head to one side and allowing trunk to follow; later infant may roll onto his/her side; eventually infant can roll from front to back to side at will
Cognitive Development Milestones
- Begins to fixate on a moving object that is held 12 inches away from face, may track the object as it moves in a horizontal or vertical path, visual tracking gradually becomes more smooth and less segmented
- Gazes in direction of moving objects after they disappear
- Does not search for an object if it falls out of reach or a toy that might be hidden by a blanket, “Out of sight, out of mind”
- Watches hands intently
- Moves eyes from one object to another
- Bats or hits at object closest to right or left hand with some degree of accuracy
- Localizes the source of a sound
- May attempt to keep toy in motion by repeating arm or leg movements
- Begins to mouth objects
Day Care Resources
7 Domains of Learning
Personal and Social Development
Children learn to develop healthy relationships with adults and their peers while cultivating a positive personal identity.
Children are taught to channel their natural curiosity to articulate questions and draw conclusions about the world around them.
This discipline focuses on numbers and their relationships, in addition to the geometric concepts that explain spatial awareness.
Language and Literacy
The basis of learning, this domain opens the door of communication through writing and drawing as well as grammar and comprehension.
This sphere examines societal relationships based on social structures and the connections between people and their communities.
An exploration into visual arts, music, dance and theater, this domain celebrates distinctive expression of emotions and ideas.
Physical Development and Health
Children are taught regard for health and nutrition in addition to the benefits of exercise to develop a strong mind and body.