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Milestones of Development

Milestones of Development 4 Years

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Area of Development Skill Level  
Hands Can use blunt scissors, large tools  
Hands Can lace shoes, but not tie them  
Hands Can use blunt nosed scissors well  
Hands Can cut a line with scissors  
Hands Thread small beads to create necklace  
Hands/Eyes Can copy following capital letters and forms: O,V,H,T,+  
Hands/Eyes Copy cross  
Hands/Eyes Copy square  
Body Movements Runs  
Body Movements Jumps, hops, skips  
Body Movements Climbs  
Body Movements Throws ball  
Body Movements Run, roll, climb ladders & trees  
Body Movements Sit with knees crossed  
Body Movements Motor driven; take pleasure swirling, swinging, somersaulting  
Body Movements Can jump down from a 2 foot height with feet together  
Body Movements Use hands more than arms in catching a small ball  
Body Movements Ride tricycle & manipulate U-turns efficiently  
Body Movements Throw ball overhand  
Locomotion Locomotes skillfully; turn sharp corners  
Body Movements Very active  
Body Movements Can hop on one foot 4-6 steps  
Body Movements Walk up and downstairs one foot to a step  
Listening Enjoys listening to stories for as long as 20 minutes or more  
Listening Follows directions with 2 prepositions  
Talking/Communication Average number of words is 1,540  
Talking/Communication Is full of questions  
Talking/Communication Is very talkative  
Talking/Communication Love to play with language & make up new words  
Talking/Communication May stutter & stammer due to temporary in-coordination  
Talking/Communication Sentences grow longer  
Talking/Communication Use 4-5 words to express thoughts  
Talking/Communication Beginning of correct grammatical usage  
Talking/Communication Average vocabulary 1,000-1,500 words  
Talking/Communication Beginning to use auxiliary verbs  
Talking/Communication Use negative effectively  
Talking/Communication Create own grammar  
Talking/Communication Begin to talk about imaginary conditions  
Talking/Communication Adores silly rhyming  
Talking/Communication Are very noisy  
Dressing Dresses & undresses self with little help  
Dressing Wash hands, face; brush teeth  
Dressing Some lace their shoes  
Dressing Dress and undress if supervised  
Feeding/Eating Appetite increases  
Feeding/Eating Handle fork and spoon skillfully, but not a knife  
Feeding/Eating Can pour milk from a pitcher without spilling  
Sleeping Needs 12 hours sleep every day  
Sleeping May still suck thumb on going to bed  
Sleeping Most have play nap or no nap at all  
Toileting Uses toilet without help  
Toileting Verbal play about elimination  
Toileting Interested in other people's bathrooms  
Toileting Mostly dry during the day, bur accidents occur  
Toileting Majority dry all night if awakened at midnight  
Toileting One bowel movement after breakfast or lunch common  
Visual Can count three objects with correct pointing  
Visual Can name and match 4 primary colors  
Visual Distinguish between lateral, vertical and horizontal lines  
Attachment Rivalry with parent of same sex  
Attachment Significant social relation center around basic family  
Attachment Uses mommy and daddy as last word  
Emotional Boasts, name calls. tattles  
Emotional Has nightmares and fears  
Emotional Understand many fears  
Emotional When excited, may need to urinate, or may have stomach pain or vomiting  
Emotional Conscience begins to show in behavior  
Emotional Conscious of different sexes  
Emotional Enjoys going on simple errands with grown-ups  
Emotional Less sensitive to praise and blame than he was at age 3  
Emotional Has a strong need for friends  
Emotional Enjoys being silly & saying silly rhymes with friends  
Emotional Tries to sort out what is real, but still mixed up between real and imagined  
Emotional Is bossy and boastful  
Emotional Thinks highly of his own importance  
Emotional Has very active imagination  
Emotional Strong feelings for family and home  
Emotional Concern for younger children in distress or baby sitting  
Emotional A glimmer of cooperation  
Emotional Understand need to share and take turns  
Emotional Interested in and ready for group activity  
Emotional Competition emerges between play groups  
Emotional Love to whisper and have secrets  
Emotional Prefer companionship of children to adults  
Emotional Play with imaginary playmates  
Emotional Boys play with boys and girls play with girls  
Emotional Sensitive to praise and blame  
Emotional Brag, boast, exaggerate  
Emotional Beginning awareness of "good" and "bad"  
Emotional Exhibit some self-criticism  
Emotional Troubled by bad dreams  
Imitation Likes to follow older children  
Emotional/Temperament Shows temper by shouting as well as by kicking and hitting  
Emotional/Attachment Needs to be allowed to test himself out, without supervision  
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