When I smile and coo back and forth with a special adult, I am learning I can make people respond, that I am loveable.
When I play with my hands and feet, I am learning that those things are a part of me and I make them move.
When I turn an object over and over, I am learning that objects look different on the other side.
When I make my mobile move by kicking the crib, I am learning that I can make things happen by moving my body.
When I crawl into small nooks and crannies, I am learning where I fit and about shapes and sizes.
When I push objects off the high chair tray, I am learning that things fall downward and are still there, even when I cannot see them.
When I fill and dump containers and line things up to fit in holes, I learn that I can make exciting things happen.
When I crawl up and down steps, I am learning to coordinate my arms and legs and balance.
When I push, pull and haul objects, I am learning how heavy objects are and how they move.
When I make things happen, I am learning that I have power.
When I play peek-a-boo, I learn that people exist even when I cannot see them.
When I lift flaps, I am learning to hide things and make them reappear.
When I look at books, I am learning to use symbols and pictures represent real things and have names.
When I stack objects, I am learning about shapes, sizes, balance and gravity.
When I fit things inside each other, I am learning the relationship of negative and positive spaces.
When I play pat-a-cake, I am learning to have fun with someone else.
When I play 'Ring Around the Rosie', I am learning a game with a rule don't fall till the end!
When I imitate the actions of other children, I am learning that I am one of them and can do what other people do.
When I chant sounds, I am learning the melodies, sounds and rhythms of my language.
When I stick things in holes, I am learning to line things up properly to fit.
When I bang objects on the floor, I am learning that things make all sorts of different noises.
When I push a ball back and forth, I am learning it's more fun to be with others than myself, and it's fun to take turns.
When I pretend to feed my doll, I am learning what it feels like to nurture someone.
When I pretend to put my doll to bed, I am learning what it feels like to be the powerful one.
When I pretend to drink from my toy cup, I am learning to use symbols that are useful later in learning to read and do math.
When I climb on a climber, I am learning balance and coordination to develop strength.
When I scribble with crayons, I am learning that I can make marks by moving my hands and I can affect the shape and quality of the mark.
When I line up blocks to make a road, I am learning the relationship of shapes and to use symbols.
When I play with little people and cars, I am learning what it feels like to be a giant.
When I dance to music, I am learning to enjoy music and to have fun with others
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.