Today in our ongoing series on assessments we tackle the language and communication milestones. These work in the same way that your child learned how to talk. First noises, then noises together, then a word ....mmmmm mama
You already have experience listening to how your child developed those muscles in their mouth and tongue as well as their cognitive connection. We know that they have learned the associations of no, stop, hot.
But what we are looking for in a 4 year old, is the ability to start to contect words, like he and she, knowing poems like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and being able to say it to you. And telling stories, stories that might still be magical in nature but that you can follow. A good example can be you read the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" and they can later tell you or a different grownup what the story was about.
A three year old on the other hand can speak in a way that a stranger can understand, and speaks 2-3 sentences together. It's not a whole story, but it's a complete thought. And the five year old, well they can use complete sentences, they can use the correct tense of the sentences like grandpa was here, or Aunt Sue will be here on Friday.
A three year old knows "my name is Sam I'm three". The four year old knows "My name is Sam Jones, and I am four, and she is my mom". The five year old is a step further "My name is Sam Jones, I live at 422 Stevens Street, with my grandma and grandpa. It's a big green house.".
You can understand the three year old, you can follow the story and understand it, of the four year old; and the five year old speaks very clearly, is easy to understand, uses full sentences and is already using structure.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K