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No Two 2 year olds are the Same

by Terrienna Cullins

I have a licensed child care home and most of my children are ages 2 and 3. Each day, I observe each children playing with different toys, and responding to each lesson in a different manner.

Although I have several 2 year-old children in my classroom, I have concluded that "no two two-year olds are the same." One two year old child may be able to recite their ABC's, pay attention during calendar time, and identify their colors. While the next child of the same age group may struggle to say momma and daddy. As educators, child care professionals, and administrators we must acknowledge that differences exist and plan our curriculum accordingly. Children learn different ways and at different periods in their development.

As I applaud my two year-old student who can sit patiently through calendar time, curriculum presentation, and other morning activities, I accept that one or more of my children may feel the need to run around the room. I enjoy each child that I interact with daily.

Furthermore, each child must be introduced to new concepts and ideas at their developmental level. Since each child has different learning styles, an educator must be able to adapt their material to motivate each child. Education is the foundation for future academic success. Early childhood education is a crucial foundation for a child to succeed throughout their academic career.

About the Author:
Terrienna Cullins is the director/owner of a licensed child care home in Texas. She is a first-time mother of a handsome 1 year old precious boy. She has a Master's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University.



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