Preschool is an exciting time for parents and children. Your little one is getting set to learn all the things he needs to know to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. Teachers use several checklists to monitor your preschooler's progress and make sure he stays on track with his developmental milestones. Knowing what these are helps you, as a parent, work with your child on things he might struggle with. If your preschooler fails to meet milestones, talk with his pediatrician for more evaluation.
You are probably very familiar with the energy of a preschooler. They can't seem to stay still for more than a second at a time. During preschool, your child should be able to do several physical feats that indicate he's on track. He'll be able to climb stairs by alternating his feet, stand on one foot, kick a ball, climb the jungle gym, throw a ball, pedal a bike, build a block tower, use scissors and turn the pages of his books, according to MayoClinic.com. Your preschooler should also be able to draw simple shapes, copy letters, draw a person with a few body parts and feed himself, notes the Preschool Learning Center.
Healthy cognition means your child is learning the things he'll need to succeed in academics and life in general. During preschool, he'll pick up a huge amount of cognitive skills that indicate proper development. You'll see him asking lots of questions, engaging in imaginary play, naming colors, tracing shapes, writing letters and noting the difference between morning, afternoon and night, according to MayoClinic.com. He'll learn to count, follow directions and recall parts of stories he hears, adds the Preschool Learning Center.
Young children gain words at a pretty rapid pace, especially in the years between toddlerhood and preschool. Your little one will probably have a vocabulary of up to 500 words and he'll be able to answer questions, notes MayoClinic.com. He should also be able to speak in sentences with words that are understandable. His grasp of proper English should also be developing as he progresses through preschool. During these years, your child might even start telling stories of his own, according to the Preschool Learning Center.
Going to preschool means making new friends and having to interact with peers in socially acceptable ways. You likely work on this at home, but preschool is an ideal place to reinforce and practice these skills. According to MayoClinic.com, your preschooler will imitate and cooperate with those around him, he'll take turns, problem solve, express affection and won't show too much separation anxiety without his parents.
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