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Each month, Richland First Steps selects one school readiness goal from the SC Early Learning Standards (SCELS) to spotlight throughout our programs for children, families, and child care providers.

This month’s concept comes from the Play and Learning Development domain of the SCELS. Like all the standards, there are developmental indicators (What to Expect) that show a child’s progress on this goal at each stage and developmental strategies (How to Help Them), to help their progression:

Infants (Birth to 12 months)

  • Explore the indoor and outdoor environment using all available senses—smell, hear, see, feel and taste.

Younger Toddlers (8 to 21 months)

  • Initiate activities that interest them and try to get others involved.

Older Toddlers (18 to 36 months)

  • Use their whole body to learn( get mud or paint on themselves from head to toe, fit themselves into a big empty box).

Younger Preschoolers (36 to 48 months)

  • Use all available senses , tools and a variety of strategies to explore the environment (drop objects in water and see if they sink or float).

Older Preschoolers (48 to 60+ months)

  • Discover things that interest and amaze them and seek to share them with others.

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