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Your Child's Development & Learning

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Understanding Same and Different

A Chihuahua Isn't a Hamster, Silly...It's a Dog!

From the moment your child was born, he has been learning by observing the world around him. He started with a blank slate, so it took some time for him to understand how to categorize objects. For example, if you didn't have a clear concept of what a "dog" is, you might find it hard to believe that a Chihuahua and a Great Dane belong to the same species! But your child can easily do this now that he is three to four years old. He can even recognize new dog types as "dogs" on his own! This skill is known as classification, and young children are increasingly able to use it to determine whether and how things are the same or different.

Has your child achieved the following Understanding Same and Different milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.