Our youngest child is turning 1 this month — gosh, how time flies! I still can't believe that she is already a toddler — she actually started walking at around 11 months! My husband and I feel so blessed to be able to witness her growth and development, and we thank God for the privilege of being her (and her siblings') parents.
As a homeschooling mama, I sometimes receive emails from my blog readers about how to homeschool kids of different ages. One of them recently asked me about how to homeschool her 1-year-old. Since I will soon also have a 1-year-old again in the family, I thought I'd answer her question here and share a few ideas with you, our dear Upside Down Homeschooling readers.
What should a 1 year old know?
There is a rather ‘famous' article that homeschoolers like me usually refer to for their preschoolers, titled “What Should a 4 Year Old Know?” I love reading it, even if I've already done so many times before.
Related to that article then, we ask the question, “What Should a 1 Year Old Know?”
Social and Emotional:
- Shy around strangers (expression of this varies in intensity)
- Cries when parent leaves
- Prefers regular caregivers to others
- Repeats sounds
- Starts to imitate others during play
- Explores the use of objects by shaking, banging, etc.
- Begins to use objects correctly, e.g. holds cup to mouth
- Begins to look at correct picture when an object is named
- Responds to simple verbal requests and commands, including “no”
- Changes tone when babbling
- Says “Dada” and “Mama” specifically (or other words used to refer to her parents)
- Attempts to imitate words
- Points to desired object
- Crawls forward on all fours (Note: Some kids skip crawling, which is not necessary for normal motor or cognitive development)
- Sits up on her own
- Pulls herself up to stand
- Walks holding on to furniture (cruises)
- Stands without support for a moment
- May walk a few steps without support
- Puts objects in container and takes them out (between 12 and 15 months)
- May stack two objects and/or bang two objects together
- Pokes with fingers
- Tries to make a mark on paper
Before we proceed, please take note that the list above should not become a basis for you, dear sweet mommas of 1 year olds, to panic, especially if your child hasn't achieved some or most of the skills mentioned. Remember: Every child is unique. Every child has been wired by God to grow at his or her own pace.
If, however, you are concerned about your child's development, i.e. there seem to be major lags, it would be best to consult your pediatrician.
Also, if we were to refer to the previously mentioned article about what 4 year olds should know, I'd like to emphasize the following:
- Your 1 year old should (and needs to) know that you love him completely and unconditionally.
- She should know that you are there when she needs you, and that it's OK if she wants you to be around ALL.THE.TIME. She will outgrow this stage sooner than you think, so cherish it while you can.
- He should know that you will do all you can to keep him safe, and to teach him how to keep himself safe.
- She should know how to smile, laugh, be silly AND that you are willing to help her do and be so. You are her favorite playmate at this time, so make the most of it.
- He should know that there is much magic and love in the world, and that you will do your best to help him discover it.
Activities for your 1 year old