Preschool Children
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  • What most children do by this age:

    Social/Emotional Milestones

    • Follows rules or takes turns when playing games with other children
    • Sings, dances, or acts for you
    • Does simple chores at home, like matching socks or clearing the table after eating

    Language/Communication Milestones

    • Tells a story she heard or made up with at least two events. For example, a cat was stuck in a tree and a firefighter saved it
    • Answers simple questions about a book or story after you read or tell it to him
    • Keeps a conversation going with more than three back-and-forth exchanges
    • Uses or recognizes simple rhymes (bat-cat, ball-tall)

    Cognitive Milestones (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

    • Counts to 10
    • Names some numbers between 1 and 5 when you point to them
    • Uses words about time, like “yesterday,” “tomorrow,” “morning,” or “night”
    • Pays attention for 5 to 10 minutes during activities. For example, during storytime or making arts and crafts (screen time does not count)
    • Writes some letters in her name
    • Names some letters when you point to them

    Movement/Physical Development Milestones

    • Buttons some buttons
    • Hops on one foot

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