Developmental milestones for three year Old : Social Development

Developmental milestones for three year Old

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2 to 3 Years

The "terrible twos" can be an emotional time for both you and your child. But the teaching, warmth and security you provide now will help her feel comfortable, capable and special. You will make her proud of herself as a person - and ready to succeed!

Milestones

By the time she's 3 years old, you can expect your child to:

  • Express affection openly
  • Separate easily from her parents when they leave her
  • Make mechanical toys work
  • Identify common objects and pictures
  • Make herself mostly understood by a stranger
  • Take turns in simple games
  • Understand the meaning of "mine, " "his, " and "hers"
  • Walk up and down stairs alternating feet
  • Pedal a tricycle
  • Turn book pages one at a time
  • Hold a pencil in the writing position

Warning Signs

Every child develops at her own pace, so it's impossible to tell when your child will learn a particular skill. But here are some warning signs to watch for by the time she is 3 years old:

  • She falls frequently, or has difficulty with stairs.
  • She drools persistently, or has very unclear speech.
  • She's not able to build a "tower" of more than 4 blocks.
  • She cannot copy a circle.
  • She's not able to communicate in short phrases.
  • She has little interest in "pretend" play, or in other children.
  • She has extreme difficulty separating from mother.

width="160"If you notice any of these warning signs, be sure to talk about them with your pediatrician at your child's next checkup.

Tips for Success

  • Read with her every day.
  • Let her play with riding toys, building toys and a climbing structure in a safe and supervised setting.
  • Hug your child often and talk about everyday people, places and things.

Activity

Teach early math concepts by counting out everyday activities.

(What you will need: no special materials) Give your child practice counting objects even before she understands what numbers mean. Use everyday experiences as you go about your daily routine. Here are some examples:

  1. Count how many steps it takes to go upstairs and downstairs.
  2. Count how many people are in her family.
  3. Count the number of wheels on her tricycle.
  4. Count the number of windows (or chairs) in a room.
  5. When you do laundry, let her help sort and count the number of socks or other items going into the washer.
  • Read books, the newspaper and magazines in front of her so she sees that you value reading.
  • Give her lots of writing and coloring materials (crayons, pencils, paper, etc.).
  • Listen to her and answer her questions.

Teach body parts and functions by playing this game.

(What you will need: no special materials)

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My two cents

by gelg

As a parent, I've been surprised by how much age matters in elementary/middle school.
I've noticed that the socially outstanding kids (which doesn't always mean popular -- I mean kids who are comfortable with themselves) tend to be the oldest kids in the class. I would not have thought 6 or 8 months makes a difference, but it seems to. In elementary school, six months translates to very real developmental milestones, so older kids have an advantage.
I did not allow my kids to skip grades. One kid was in precisely your situation. Her kindergarten wanted to move her up at least one year and possibly two

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