Preschool Children

Milestone Checklist English Version

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  • What most children do by this age:

    Social/Emotional Milestones

    • Pretends to be something else during play (teacher, superhero, dog)
    • Asks to go play with children if none are around, like “Can I play with Alex?”
    • Comforts others who are hurt or sad, like hugging a crying friend
    • Avoids danger, like not jumping from tall heights at the playground
    • Likes to be a “helper”
    • Changes behavior based on where she is (place of worship, library, playground)

    Language/Communication Milestones

    • Says sentences with four or more words
    • Says some words from a song, story, or nursery rhyme
    • Talks about at least one thing that happened during his day, like “I played soccer.”
    • Answers simple questions like “What is a coat for?” or “What is a crayon for?”

    Cognitive Milestones (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

    • Names a few colors of items
    • Tells what comes next in a well-known story
    • Draws a person with three or more body parts

    Movement/Physical Development Milestones

    • Catches a large ball most of the time
    • Serves himself food or pours water, with adult supervision
    • Unbuttons some buttons
    • Holds crayon or pencil between fingers and thumb (not a fist)

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