How Do I Know My Child’s Learning Level?

As a parent and as a teacher it seems we all catch ourselves worrying over whether or not our chidren are reaching the “right” developmental milestones. It’s during that fleeting moment of doubt that we must remember (and remind each other) that learning is a process. Every child develops at her own rate.

To take a reading on  where your child is positioned developmentally today and to help your child take the next step in her learning journey, start with a simple first step.

Step 1: Observe

Observe how she plays and look for similar actions in a skill benchmark (an indicator that helps you see at which level the child is achieving for each goal).

We provide a skill continuum that outlines the benchmarks for each goal across  7 Domains of Learning. This chart helps break down the unique developmental level of each child. Our benchmarks are listed from levels A – H. Print the poster here to have on hand as you observe.

Age is not an indictor of developmental level. Research by Piaget has recognized biobehavioral shifts that occur between infant, toddler, preschool and primary age levels. You will see these shifts noted along the top of the continuum above benchmarks A – H. When looking at the benchmarks, you will see that

  • Benchmark A is most related to infant level of learning.
  • Benchmarks B and C are indicators of toddler behavior.
  • Benchmarks C, D and E are outcomes typical for many preschoolers.
  • Benchmarks E and F are common for PreK and kindergarten levels.

Step 2: Note the Overlap

You will notice that there is an overlap between levels. Learning is gradual and happens over time. The Mother Goose Time curriculum supports developmental levels from toddler through PreK. This is accomplished by a scaffolded approach to lesson planning, so you can have children of different ages and/or different developmental levels within your program and still use one, unified system.

As you observe each child,  if you find that many of the Mother Goose Time Teacher Guide activities seem too challenging, your child may benefit from the activities suggested in the Little Goose Teacher Guide.

  • The Mother Goose Teacher Guide is written for developmental levels between D and E.
  • The Little Goose Guide suggests developmentally appropriate activities for children who are at levels B and C.

Step 3: Use Tools to Adapt

One of the greatest benefits of the Mother Goose Time system is that it grows with your child’s development. Whether you reference the Teacher Guide or Little Goose Guide, you use the same games, art supplies and materials that are all included in your Mother Goose Time Curriculum Kit. This is great for multi-age groups where many different learning levels are represented!

For easy reference, you can also download just the one section of the Developmental Continuum of Skills which best connects to your child’s level.

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Did you find these skills charts helpful? Let us know! Contact the Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum Team at (800) 523-6933 or


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