Pre K3


3-4 Years

In PreK 3 emphasis is on language, activity, movement, and large muscle activity. This is achieved by using a variety of activities within a routine where collective play/work is nurtured and multiple skills are cultivated. Students build self- confidence, promote a sense of caring and sensitivity, acquire social skills and respected individuality.

Social/Emotional Development

At this age children are becoming much more independent. In addition, their social skills are also beginning to improve greatly.

Children may now be able to cooperate with his or her friends, take turns, and may begin to show some problem-solving skills. At this point in development, your child should be able to:

  • Imitate parents and friends
  • Show affection for familiar family and friends
  • Understands the idea of “mine” and “his/hers”
  • Show a wide range of emotions, such as being sad, angry, happy, or bored

Children at this stage of development have a very active imagination. This can be good and bad. Fantasy and pretend play becomes more interesting and involved. Learning Ladders has a variety of activities that provide children an outlet for their creativity.

Physical Development

Your busy preschooler continues to be on the move. Some of the Physical tasks that they should be able to accomplish are:

  • Walk up and down stairs, alternating feet — one foot per step
  • Kick, throw, and catch a ball
  • Climb well
  • Run more confidently and ride a tricycle
  • Hop and stand on one foot for up to five seconds
  • Walk forward and backward easily
  • Bend over without falling

Children at this age are becoming much more agile At this point in their development, children should be able to:

  • More easily handle small objects and turn a page in a book
  • Use age-appropriate scissors
  • Copy circles and squares
  • Draw a person with two to four body parts
  • Write some capital letters
  • Build a tower with four or more blocks

Mental Development

This is the age where children become very verbal. Some of the linguistic milestones that should be met at this age are:

  • Say their name and age
  • Speak 250 to 500 words
  • Answer simple questions
  • Speak in sentences of five to six words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4
  • Speak clearly
  • Tell stories

Children at this age will start asking lots of questions. “Why is the sky blue? Why do birds have feathers?” Questions, questions, and more questions! While it may be annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone. In addition to asking “why?” all the time, children at this age should be able to:

  • Correctly name familiar colors
  • Understand the idea of same and different
  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Remember parts of a story
  • Understand time better (for example, morning, afternoon, night)
  • Count, and understand the concept of counting
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures