3 to 4 Years
What a special stage this will be for you!
Your preschooler is learning how to express their affection towards others. Preschoolers enjoy being with you as well as playing with other children. However, they still need some help to take turns or share. Your child will start to speak in 2 to 5 word sentences. Many preschoolers love to sing songs!
Growth and Development
Your child is a preschooler!
Your child enjoys doing things with you and is eager to please you. They are able to speak simple sentences, can understand you and follow simple, reasonable rules. Temper tantrums occur less often. They still need to feel safe, secure and loved. Your child loves physical activity! They can now walk up and down steps using alternating feet and ride their three-wheeled bike! Your child is starting to play with others and share.
What you can do to help your child grow and develop:
Toys to offer:
Speech and Language Development
By talking with your child, singing with your child, and reading with your child you start the process for life-long learning. Your child's communication skills will develop over time. By five years of age your child will have learned most of their language skills and will be talking to you in complete sentences.
By 4 years of age your child will:
You can encourage your child's speech and language development by singing or saying a simple rhyme with them. Learn the words and actions to This is the Key to the Kingdom. Remember to maintain eye contact with your child, relax, and have fun. You can find more communication tips for this age group at the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program website.
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