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At Four Years, Your Child will Likely…

Physical Development:

  • Stand on one leg.
  • Jump up and down.
  • Draw a circle and a cross.
  • Be self-sufficient in many routines of home life.
  • Skip on one foot.
  • Cut with scissors (not well.)
  • Be able to wash and dry his face.
  • Dress himself (except ties.)
  • Be able to do a standing broad jump.
  • Throw balls overhand.
  • Have a high motor drive.
  • Draw simple circles and stick figure people.
  • Climb up and down a slide by himself.
  • Use the toilet with just a little help.

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Share possessions.
  • Try to react socially.
  • Make uninvited comments to others sometimes.
  • Enjoy sharing.
  • Cooperate in play with other children, and at nursery school.
  • Imitate parents.
  • Begin to identify with same-sex parent and practice sex-role activities.
  • Have an intense curiosity and interest in other children's bodies.
  • Have an imaginary friend.
  • Be affectionate toward parents.
  • Have a romantic attachment to the parent of opposite sex (3 to 5 yrs.)
  • Be jealous of the same-sex parent.
  • Have imaginary fears of the dark, injury, etc. (3 to 5 years.)
  • Like to conform.
  • Have an easy going attitude.
  • Be less resistant to change than in previous years.
  • Seem more secure.
  • Have a greater sense of personal identity.
  • Begin to be adventuresome.
  • Enjoy music.

Intellectual Development:

  • Have good memory and capacity recall.
  • Ask endless questions.
  • Be learning to generalize.
  • Be highly imaginative.
  • Be dramatic.
  • Draw recognizable simple objects.
  • Match and name three or four colors.
  • Put together simple puzzles with 5 or 6 pieces.
  • Follow simple two step directions.
  • Use complete sentences.
  • Have a vocabulary of about 1540 words.
  • Know the names of familiar animals.
  • Be able to use at least four prepositions (or demonstrate that he understands. their meanings when given commands, like “Look under the table!”)
  • Be able to name common objects in picture books or magazines.
  • Know one or more colors.
  • Be able to repeat 4 digits when they are given slowly.
  • Be able to repeat words of four syllables (most of the time.)
  • Have most vowel sounds (including sounds like “ow” and “oy”) and have the consonants p, b, m, w, n well established.
  • Indulge in make-believe often.
  • Be talkative when carrying out activities.
  • Understand concepts like longer and larger when a contrast is presented.
  • Follow simple commands even when the commands involve objects that are not in sight.
  • Repeat words, phrases, syllables, and even sounds often.
  • Talk with words in sentences that can mostly be understood (about 75% of what he says.)

Delevopmental milestones associated with feeding:

  • Rarely spills when using spoon.
  • Serves self finger foods.
  • Eats with fork held with fingers.
  • Uses fork in preference to spoon.

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  • Social & Emotional Developmentment
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Health & Physical Development
  • Language & Literacy Development
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts

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