Three- and four-year-olds are fascinating. They are, for lack of a better word, “becoming.” They are beginning to show their own unique personality. They are beginning to develop their sense of “self.”
Three- and four-year-olds begin to distinguish between fact and fiction, between what is “real” and what is make-believe. They begin to sort through, distinguish between, and categorize feelings, thoughts, and actions.
There is no specific timetable for development and development is not a “one-size-fits-all” situation. Children develop in different areas at different rates. Development is divided into five general categories: physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and moral. It is perfectly normal for children to make greater advancements in one area at a time.
- He’ll be able to ride a tricycle.
- He’ll be able to climb a ladder.
- He can scribble with a pen, pencil, or crayola.
- He begins to dress himself.
- He can feed himself with either a spoon or a fork.
- He is mostly toilet trained.
- His imagination develops and he likes to assume “play-like” grown-up roles as mommy, daddy, fireman or superhero.
- He is curious and asks a lot of questions.
- He begins to understand the cause/effect concept.
- He can now accept separation from his mother calmly.
- He beings to interact with other children his own age.
- He begins to notice and imitate the differences in the way men and women behave.
- He is becoming sensitive to the feelings of others.
- He is becoming more independent.
- He wants to please the adults in his world.
- He begins to understand the difference between right and wrong.
- He wants people to like him.
- He is gaining self-control.