Moving from Village  to Our Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children ready for this next level show many of the following characteristics:

Physical

  • Improved walking skills, feet are together, knees flexible (vs. the "just walker" who has a wide-based, legs apart gate with locked knees)
  • Beginning to imitate/explore a variety of traveling movements run, jump, leap

Cognitive

  • Reliably point to correctly identified body parts
  • Can follow two-step direction
  • Understands what "one" means (vs. a handful)
  • Learning to use toys and objects in symbolic ways (moving beyond just enjoyment of sensory properties)
  • Can interact in a directed activity
  • Able to shift attention with transition
  • Connects to an activity; initiates a play sequence
  • Reliably responds to own name (refers to self by name in secure environments)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional

  • Uses gestures and language to deal with frustration (as opposed to just crying or whining)
  • Sustains interest and attention in activity for several minutes (Note: not wanting to give something up, such as bells or sticks, can be a sign of maturation)

Language

  • Can express wants and needs symbolically (gestures, words)
  • Has vocabulary of 20 words; receptive language is still stronger than expressive
  • Reading with caregiver becomes cooperative. Child will select book, sit, relate to the story and interact

Social

  • Interested in what other children are doing
  • Capable of distal communication (i.e. following verbal instructions from farther away)

Musical

  • Moves to music, perhaps to steady beat

 

 

Moving from Our Time to ABC Music & Me 3 to 4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children ready for this next level show many of the following characteristics:

Physical

  • Has a taller, thinner, adult-like appearance
  • Balances on one foot; jumps in place without falling
  • Holding crayons in pincher grasp rather than fist

Cognitive

  • Knows if they are a boy or girl
  • Can do matching games
  • Knows some basic shapes and colors
  • Developing divergent thinking skills ("What animals do you like?")
  • Beginning transition from concrete to abstract thinking (humor aids this process)
  • Sits and listens to stories for up to 10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional

  • Recognizes needs of another person; can be empathetic
  • Separates from parent without crying
  • Development of humor

Language

  • Beginning to master rules of language; speaks in full sentences (4-5 words); asks questions
  • Vocabulary growing from 300-1,000 words
  • Can relate a series of activities; tells stories ("We went to the grocery store, then to grandma's and I played with the kittens.")

Social

  • Recognizes the needs of others
  • Turn taking becomes harder than earlier, but beginning to understand reasons
  • Learning about patience

Musical

  • Recites rhymes
  • Sings simple, whole songs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving from ABC Music & Me 3 to 4 years to ABC Music & Me 4 to 7 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A 4's preschooler would best be served, in most cases, by participating in Abc Music & Me for 3 to 4 year old.

Children ready for this next level show many of the following characteristics:

Physical

  • Can jump forward many times in a row, hops, gallops, is learning to skip
  • Demonstrates control of pencil or marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cognitive

  • Eager to learn
  • Has developed classification skills (i.e. can sort things that have a single common feature) and can sort by size, color and form
  • Counts to 20; recognizes numerals 1-10
  • Engages in dramatic play that is close to reality

Emotional

  • Impulse control is emerging and developing
  • Exhibits self-confidence and reliability
  • Sense of right and wrong is growing
  • Beginning to see things from another's perspective

Language

  • Speech is nearly 100% intelligible (exceptions may include children with hearing and language delays)
  • Uses grammar correctly (i.e. past and future tense)
  • Can communicate in English

Social

  • Enjoys friendships and group activities
  • Shares, takes turns, plays cooperatively
  • Is affectionate and caring
  • Follows directions

Musical

  • Sings a whole song
  • Beginning to match pitches consistently
  • Developing ability to match to group steady beat