Your child grows by leaps and bounds! But remember every child develops at his/her own pace. There is a broad range of what is considered “normal.” It is not unusual for a child to be advanced in one area and lag slightly in another.
What’s Happening at 3?
At age 3, our children are becoming little social animals – interested in playing with other children, beginning to share and take turns. They are learning to separate from you. The preschool curriculum should focus on language, activity and movement. Large-motor skills are developing quickly: three-year-olds need to ride wheel toys, climb, jump, run and kick a ball. Small group activities are more effective than large-group activities.
What are they learning about?
• Pretend writing • Separating from home
• Sitting and listening to a book in a group • Making a transition to a new setting
• Speaking to a group • Themselves, their families, other families
• Looking at books • The classroom as a community
• Playing rhyming games and songs • Interacting with new adults
• New vocabulary • Following classroom routines
• Telling a story to accompany their artwork • Identifying body parts, feeling (happy, sad,
Intellectual: •Self-help skills (putting on a coat, washing hands)
•Colors, shapes • Following one-step directions (“ Put a napkin on
• Things that are alike and those that are chair”)
different •Sharing and cooperating (although don’t expect
• The world around them: seasons, weather, patiently.)
• Large-motor skills: They can run, jump, climb,
ride a tricycle, walk up stairs with one foot on each step
• Small motor skills: They can use a brush, crayon,
string beads, build with large legos, unzip, draw a circle
What’s Happening at 4?
What a fun year!