Your child is now developing more socially, has real friendships and understands the causes of feelings. Physically he/she is much more coordinated in high-energy activities such as running and climbing and may have progressed to riding a tricycle.
All children develop at different rates; however, in this age range, some skills are especially important for your child’s self-esteem and learning. For example, being able to speak clearly is important in order to be understood by others.
What your child may be doing at three to four years:
- Socializing with a broader range of people
- Understanding how to share and play well with other children
- Developing a sense of humor and concern for others
- Using hands and fingers skillfully
- Holding a pencil in a mature grip using his/her preferred hand
- Speaking well
- Decreasing temper tantrums
What your child may be doing at four to five years:
- Asking complex questions
- Improving walking, running and climbing skills
- Using a bicycle with training wheels
- Improving drawing skills and learning to write some numbers and letters
- Understanding the meaning of numbers
- Developing relationships with peers
- Showing independence but maybe becoming frustrated when tired, angry or embarrassed
- Showing confidence and increasing skill and speed in physical abilities
- Having extended conversations
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you may contact Alisha Hicks at (805) 640-4300 x1062 to arrange for a developmental screening.