Helping Your Preschooler get Ahead – Brain Activities That Boost Development

Helping Your Preschooler get Ahead – Brain Activities That Boost Development

Kids grow up so fast that sometimes you can barely keep track. Here's a list of milestones your preschooler should be hitting, and how you can help them ace the development checklist.

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Children grow at an amazing rate during their preschool years. While each child grows at his or her own pace, there are cognitive milestones that you may want to watch out for. These can help you provide the right kind of learning or nutritional support for your child to stay ahead of his peers. 


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Children are natural learners. By age five, they are already impressing you with how much they know and how quickly they can pick things up from what they see, hear, and watch. What should you expect from your child by three to five years old? Below are some cognitive milestones and activities to help boost them: 
 

Cognitive Milestones Of A 4 to 5-Year- Old

How To Help Boost Development

Vocabulary of around 3,000 words

Encourage your child to read, tell stories, recite nursery rhymes

Communicates in four- to eight-word sentences

Let your child speak their mind clearly; assist and correct only when he or she is clearly struggling

Counts to ten or more

Counting exercises like “How many birds do you see?”

Identifies at least four colors and three shapes

Organize objects by color or by shape, naming them as you go along

Recognizes letters, write his/her name

Recite alphabet while pointing at letters; sing alphabet song; guided writing (trace over letters)

Better grasp of time; can differentiate between morning, afternoon, and evening, days of the week

Create a simple schedule or routine - play in the morning, read in the afternoon. Help child anticipate what is coming later. “We’ll go for a swim on Wednesday. How many days from today is Wednesday?”

Understands the difference between what is real and make-believe

Engage in storytelling and check for understanding; emphasize the value of truth and reality 

Understands multiple instructions like “Brush your teeth and go to sleep”

Practice multiple instructions and sequencing of actions

Source: Development Milestones: 3-5 Years. University of Pittsburg - Office of Child Development


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Reference

Development Milestones: 3-5 Years. University of Pittsburg - Office of Child Development. https://www.mcesc.org/docs/building/3/27758_ocd_dm_3-5.pdf?id=1564#:~:text=Milestones%20during%20ages%203%20%E2%80%93%205%20
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