Approximately age 3 to 4 years

Increased participation in group dynamics and more focus on friendships and social problem solving  

A few examples are:

  • Participates in group discussions.  Can sustain discussion or expound upon one subject without getting distracted for 2-3 minutes.
  • Can take turns and wait for friends to complete tasks before moving on
  • Makes believe about situations.  Takes on a pretend role
  • Shows enjoyment of books and stories.  Willingly participates in teacher directed activities
  • Uses small muscles to complete detailed tasks
  • Demonstrates an ability to find likenesses and differences
  • Begins to apply information or experiences to a new context
  • Has basic skills such as shapes, colors, spatial descriptors.  Uses words to describe characteristics.  Observes and makes discoveries.  Understands simple cause/effect relationships
  • Accepts responsibility for helping to maintain the classroom environment
  • Identifies self with basic descriptors.  Understands relationships between people.
  • Shows increasing persistence in completing tasks and exhibits pride in accomplishments
  • Coordinates eye and hand movements with increasing agility
  • Identifies self as a member of a specific family and cultural group
  • Takes care of own belongings
  • Has established good listening skills.  Is able to filter out exterior distractions
  • Has developed increasing spatial awareness in regards to own body
  • Responds when a teacher says name; comes when beckoned
  • Shows respect for school property
  • Is able show increasing control of emotions.  Shows growing independence both physically and emotionally
  • Has mastered simple phrases for solving social problems