3 - 4 years understanding the world
Your pre-schooler has an extremely rich interior life and spends a lot of his waking time in his imagination. Real and imagined experiences are easily interchanged and so lying and wishful thinking can become easily mixed up.
Developmental milestones include:
- Understanding that his mind is his own; that what he thinks are his own thoughts and that no-one knows what he’s thinking unless he tells them.
- Beginning to understand concepts such as about height and size, but is easily confused.
- Showing some understanding of time – he understands that day follows night
- Understanding the meaning of big and little, short and tall
- Knowing who’s a boy and who’s a girl
- Knowing how old he is
- Beginning to be able to draw a person on paper – although you may not be able to recognise it as a person.
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