This post is made possible with support from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. All opinions are my own.
I’m super excited for the twins to start preschool in the fall. It’s been a long year and a half of applying and wondering if they would get accepted. The first time we tested for preschool they were denied based on need. The second time around one of twins was accepted into preschool and the other was not. A few calls and a change of schools got them both in, but I’ll admit it had me comparing their preschool developmental milestones for a few weeks.
Easing Your Mind About Preschool Developmental Milestones
As soon as the letters arrived that one twin got into school and the other didn’t, my mind started racing. What is the other behind on? What haven’t I noticed? Why is it that twin and not the other twin got accepted? I went online and vented my frustration to friends, and then I found an amazing resource that helped me put my mind at ease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) initiative!
On the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. site I found all sorts of invaluable lessons that helped ease my concerns on developmental milestones. Milestones are broken down by age, starting at 2 months, and I quickly made my way to the 4 year old section. I started mentally checking developmental milestones off the list they already achieved. Things like hop on one foot, plays mom or dad, tells stories, and enjoys doing new things. I’m telling ya, these are great lists of milestones, including things you may not even think of when starting preschool.
You’ll even find videos and at-home activities to accompany each milestone if it is one your child needs to work on. I found several on the list that we need to work over the next year. Handling scissors is top on the list, as well as copying letters, and cooperating with other children. Being a work at home mom, they haven’t spent a lot of time with groups of kids. My main concern with school is them adjusting and getting along with others. I’m glad I found the LTSAE program to help me through these first year of school concerns.
I only wish I had found LTSAE sooner, as it starts with milestones as early as two months and we all know as much as parents of twins try not to compare, we do. So instead of comparing your children to one another, compare their development to a list of objective milestones, backed by research! You will find a wealth of information on when to expect important milestones, as well as what to do if you have concerns like I did, so you can ease your mind about preschool developmental milestones.
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