My friend Erin sent me this list of a child’s development at 18-36 months. Much of this is true of UPPERCASE at 24 months:
I may know up to 200 words in my home language and sometimes in a second language, too.
I can put words together into sentences.
I can tell you about things that happened yesterday and about what will happen tomorrow.
I may get frustrated trying to express myself. I need you to listen patiently. It can help if you put into words what you think I am trying to say because it makes me feel understood and helps me learn new words.
I also communicate by using my body. I make up dances, songs, and stories, and I draw pictures that tell you what is on my mind.
I love hearing and reading stories, especially about things I know—like animals, families, and places I have visited.
Sometimes I like to “read” or tell you a story.
I like songs, fingerplays (like “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”) and games with nonsense words.