Developmental Stages - Three and Four Years
We are learning to be Friends

We begin to...

  • care about others.
  • share toys and take turns.
  • settle our own arguments.
We Have Many Emotional Needs

Sometimes we need help...

  • learning to trust.
  • controlling behavior.
  • learning to be independent.
  • expressing and understanding our feelings.
  • dealing with our fears & remembering our daily routines.
We are Starting to Do Things by Ourselves

We...

  • wash and dry our hands.
  • undress and dress ourselves.
  • know when we need to use the bathroom.
  • pick up and put away our toys.
Our Arms and Leg Muscles are Growing Quickly

We are beginning to ...

  • bounce, throw, and catch a ball.
  • hop, jump, and gallop.
  • climb, balance and ride a tricycle.
We Love Stories and Books

We learn when...

  • you read us books with pictures.
  • you say rhymes and repeating words.
  • you read us the same book over and over.
  • you read us new books, we talk about the stories.
  • we talk about the stories we read and heard.
Soon We Will Be Learning to Read

We..

  • like to see our name in print.
  • can recognize certain words.
  • want to know what words say.
  • are interested in what letters look like.
We are Learning to Respect Ourselves and Others

We need to be reminded...

  • that we are special - to take turns.
  • to be kind - to tell the truth.
  • to say “please” & “thank you.”
We Enjoy Lots of Different Things

We really like to ...

  • play with “messy stuff” (play-dough, mud, glue).
  • sing and dance.
  • play with imaginary friends.
  • pretend to be grown ups.
We are Learning to Communicate

We...

  • often talk just to talk - use lots of words.
  • can tell you what we want or need.
  • usually speak clearly enough for others to understand.
  • follow simple directions.
  • understand and ask a lot of questions.
We Can Use Our Hands for Lots of Things

We...

  • build with blocks.
  • eat with forks and spoons.
  • use crayons, markers, and scissors.
  • spread food with a knife - “dish up” own food.
We Think We Can Write

We like to...

  • scribble and draw.
  • pretend we are “grown up” and write like you.
  • find or make letters out of sticks or pretzels.
  • write our own name.
We are Learning About Our World

We begin to...

  • learn our colors and shapes.
  • learn to count and sort objects.
  • learn about concepts like big and small, near and far, same and different.
We like to be with Others

We...

  • like to help.
  • like to play group games.
  • usually share and take turns.
  • value friends.
  • notice that everyone is not the same.
We are Developing a Conscience

We...

  • continue to learn about right and wrong.
  • see our behavior as good and bad.
  • care about others feelings.
  • like things to be fair.
We Like to Show You Our New Abilities

We...

  • are getting pretty good at throwing, catching, kicking, and bouncing a ball.
  • can climb, balance, run, hop, gallop, jump and skip.
  • like doing challenging tricks - so keep an eye on us.
  • are learing to tie our shoes.
  • want to ride a bike.
We are Growing as Communicators

We...

  • can carry on a conversation.
  • can listen and pay attention for longer periods of time.
  • may surprise you with the big words we know.
  • ask questions to get more specific information.
We are Becoming Writers

We...

  • may reverse letters when writing.
  • can write some words but spell many words like they sound.
  • are learning about capital letters and sentences.
  • want to share our stories with you.
We Like to Be Creative and Share Our Creativity With Others

We are able to...

  • create realistic art with different materials.
  • make up songs and dances.
  • act out stories and “put on” shows.
  • tell jokes.
Our Bodies are Growing Fast

We..

  • need both noisy and quiet activities.
  • tire easily but get over it quickly.
  • can get tired even when we sit.
  • can control our fingers better for cutting, drawing, and writing.
Stories and Books are Important to Us

We...

  • need you to read to us every day.
  • like to make up, tell, and write our own stories.
  • often choose books because of the author or subject.
We are Learning to Read

We...

  • know that the words tell the story.
  • may point to words as we read.
  • can read simple stories (but usually use the pictures to help us).
  • know alphabet letters and the sounds they make.
We Are Learning about the World

We...

  • have a daily routine
  • need help selecting appropriate TV shows.
  • are influenced by commercials/advertising.
  • are still learning through hands-on play but can understand many things we cannot see or touch.
  • write numbers but sometimes write them backwards.
  • learn our address, phone number, and birth date.

We Love to be Hugged and Told “I Love You!” Every Day!