Four Year Old Guidelines
-Is able to hop, skip, jump, and stand on one foot for a few seconds.
-Can throw and catch a ball (usually with two hands).
-Can copy shapes such as triangles or circles, draw stick figures, and print a variety of letters.
-Is visibly more skillful when using a spoon or a fork, and may even be able to cut soft foods with a butter knife.
-Can brush his or her own teeth, wash themselves and wipe their own bottoms (though parental supervision and help will still be needed).
-Can gallop, walk downstairs alternating feet, and pump his or her legs while swinging.
-Can dress self without help and is learning to tie shoes.
-Is able to cut with scissors and hand preference is suggested (righty or lefty).
-Can throw a ball overhand.
-Can communicate in complete sentences and is considerably more talkative.
-Is using a large vocabulary, roughly 1500-2000 words, including silly words.
-Is asking many questions, including lots of "hows" and "whys".
-Is more imaginative, and tells tall tales.
-Is beginning to learn the difference between fact and fiction.
-Is able to recognizes colors, shapes, some numbers, letters of the alphabet and his or her printed name.
-Is becoming more social.
-Is able to play cooperatively with others, by taking turns and sharing.
-Can participate in dramatic play, and recreates adult occupations and situations.
-Is able to enjoy simple organized group games, such as tag and duck-duck-goose.
-Is showing a regular sleep pattern, roughly requiring 11-13 hours of sleep per night.
Remember that these are guidelines, and every preschooler is unique. If you have a concern speak to your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician.
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