What Should a 4 Year Old Know Academically?

The dilemma.

Finally that you have crossed the 3 years old barrier of tantrums and screams and giving in whatever they want. It is now time, you can calmly season with your child. They understand you, try to communicate like an adult with you. It is time you treat them one too. I mean figuratively. You are probably attempting to teaching the ABC songs, 123 and whatnot. Maybe they are not compliant with your teaching methods. Which leaves your wondering, what should a 4-year-old know, academically?

For starters, I would suggest, give them a break! They are only 4! They have to learn stuff for the rest of their life! That is what my mum did and I turned out to be a straight-A GCSE kid. So don’t worry. They have their whole life to catch up. Trust me, they will do 100 times better just knowing if things go down, you have got their back.

Some facts regarding what should a 4-year-old know academically.

They call the following few years the “magic years” — partly because it looks as if the magic that your child is finally paying attention to you and partly because for your child, it’s a time for his or her imagination to run wild.

Your 3- to 4-year-old child will still grow and develop in some ways within the coming year. Although children reach developmental milestones at different times, your child will likely achieve the subsequent developmental milestones before he or she turns 5.

    • Say their name and age
    • Speak 250 to 500 words
    • Answer simple questions
    • Speak in sentences of 5 to 6 words
    • Story-telling

3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Cognitive Milestones

Your child will start by asking plenty of questions.

“Why is that the sky blue?

Why do birds have feathers?

” Questions, questions, and more questions! While it’s going to be annoying sometimes, asking questions could be a normal developmental milestone.

Additionally to asking “why?”. They will be able to;

  • Name colors
  • Understand the concept of same and different, start comparing sizes
  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Remember parts of a story
  • Understand time 
  • Count, and understand the concept of counting
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures

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