By age 3, trends in the amount of talk, vocabulary growth, and style of interaction are well established and suggest widening gaps.

An important stage of childhood this is, the three to four year old. If your child is not very talkative, that will likely change soon.

Between three and four your child should be able to:

  • . Say his or her name and age
  • . Speak 250 to 500 words
  • . Answer simple questions
  • . Speak in sentences of 5 to 6 words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4.

It’s also referred to the start of endless questions, questions and more questions stage. Like “Why is the sky blue? While it may be quiet annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone. In addition to asking “Why? All the time, your 3-4 year old 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 the concept of counting
  • . Sort objects by shape and color
  • . Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • . Recognize and identify common objects and pictures.

This also can be referred to the as the “magic years” of achieving great milestones. In addition, your 3 year old is becoming more social. Your child may now be able to cooperate with his or her friends, take turns, and may begin to show some problem-solving skills.

It’s important for the school and parents to help the child adjust to this new experience. “Make it a point to encourage your child for achieving the milestones, at this age. Children will also join in play with others, says Jessica Mercer Young, a research scientist at Education Development centre in Newton, MA. “Imaginative play is also becoming more common. This is a great time for dress-up and a fun activity for a play date.

During this time your child will be less depend on you, this is definitely a positive sign. It means he now feels secure. It’s simple, encourage his or her growing independence .

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