By age 4
- Understands three-part related directions and longer sentences (“put your toys away and wash your hands before lunch”)
- Says rhymes (cat-bat-hat) or sings children’s songs
- Asks and answers a lot of questions (“why?”, “what are you doing?”)
- Speaks clearly enough to be understood most of the time without repeating or stuttering on sounds or words
- Tells stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end
- Tells what is happening in a picture when you ask
The following activities for your child will help you play your part in your child’s development:
- I need to be heard to know that I am special. Listen when I talk to you.
- I like it when you read to me. Storybooks are more exciting for me when you change your voice for different parts. Take me to the library.
- I can play group games with simple rules: Duck Duck Goose, Ring Around the Rosie, London Bridge is Falling Down and the Farmer in the Dell.
- I can now tell longer stories. Show me a series of pictures and tell me a story about that. After I know it well, have me put the pictures in order. I can retell the story or make up one of my own.
- I am learning about words and sounds. Play rhyming games and laugh at the silly words we can make together. Point out the sounds and letters in my world.
- Let's play a memory game. We can take turns giving each other directions ("put your hands on your head, then turn around, then touch the ground”).