𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬:
The last thought I had when scrolling through Instagram. “THAT 2-year-old can point to every letter of the alphabet correctly and mine can’t even recognize 1 letter!?” I think we all have these similar thoughts, but they are NOT helpful to our parenting anxieties. Yes, there are times when your child isn’t meeting specified developmental milestones and it’s important to talk to your doctor. But reading and writing development occurs at different ages all within the limit of “normal”.
Until 3 years of age children should become able to recognize books by their covers, name some objects in books, scribble with purpose (i.e. try to draw or write certain things like a letter or an animal) and may even produce some letter-like drawings, and they may be able to notice certain print that is related to things such as their name.
The red flags for developmental delay relating to “reading and writing” don’t happen until a child is in kindergarten.If your child is having difficulty learning colours, numbers, shapes or the alphabet around age 5-6 then it would be important to have them assessed. Before that, every child will learn at a different pace.