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While all kids grow at their own pace, there are certain child development milestones to be aware of as a parent. Milestones show where your child might need help, but they also give you a heads-up as to what’s just down the road, so you can take a deep breath and get ready. Your preschooler is becoming a “big kid”! He’ll reach many child developmental milestones during this stage. His brain power will blossom, and he’ll grow socially, emotionally, and physically. Whether or not he attends preschool, you’ll be able to observe and support much of his development.
How will you know what’s normal development and what you should be concerned about? Below is a guide to typical development for 3- to 5-year old children. Use this information to keep track of your child’s progress, making notes of both his strengths and challenges.
Your preschooler is growing and learning at a rapid pace. He’s probably excited about learning and is curious about the world around him. He’s talkative and enjoys learning and using new words. At this age, he:
Your child has loads of energy and needs to be on the move! His physical coordination is improving. He can:
Social and Emotional Development
Your preschooler begins to understand that he’s part of a group, such as his family, friends, or preschool pals. In general, he’s friendly and wants to please others. Other signs of typical child development are that he:
Taking Care of Personal Needs
Your child is becoming more self-reliant. For example, he:
You are Your Child’s First Teacher
Remember, you are your child’s first teacher – no teaching credential required! Your devotion to – and understanding of – your child, along with some helpful information, can boost your child’s development and self-confidence. Whether or not your child attends preschool, there are many ways you can nurture his development.
Partner With the Professionals
If you have questions or concerns about child development, don’t think you have to go it alone. If your child attends preschool, his teachers should be able to report on his progress and suggest extra support if necessary. Your child’s pediatrician can also be a source of insight and information regarding your child’s development.
Kristin Rude is the Owner and Center Director of FasTracKids, Del Mar. She previously taught in the Del Mar Union School District. Kristin obtained her teaching credential from the University of San Diego and has her Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on second language learners. When Kristin is not working, motherhood keeps her plenty busy with her 2 children, Connor, age 3 & Katherine, age 2. She looks forward to having her own children beneﬁt from the FasTracKids program. Spending time with her family, golﬁng, traveling, and continuously learning are among her favorite activities.