There is a wide range of things your child should know at each age.
However, we have narrowed down the list to some things your child should know by age 4. At this age, your child should know:
1. How to Hold a Book Correctly
Of course reading is a wonderful activity for your child. However, by the age of 4, it’s unlikely that your child will know their alphabets yet.
Instead, knowing how to hold a book correctly is a must. Your child should know how to hold a book properly so that they can continue to enjoy reading in the future.
They should also know that reading is done from left to right, and that it’s best to start with the first page of the book first.
2. Their Name
Your child should know their name by the age of 4. This is an important milestone that your child should be able to achieve.
They can say their name in full, and even introduce themselves.
By the age of 4, your child should also know who some of their family members are and who some of their friends are.
This includes both immediate family members such as grandparents and extended family members such as cousins and uncles/aunts/cousins, etc.
This is also an important milestone that this age should achieve. It will help your child build a relationship with their relatives and friends in the future.
3. How to Run
One of the developmental milestones for your child is running.
At this age, your child should be able to run for about 10 feet without stopping. You can even teach your child how to skip or jump in the beginning.
Children at this age can also start jumping. The ability to jump and hop from one place to another is very important for children as they grow up.
Teaching your child how to jump also teaches them how to get out of the way of an object that might fall on them or a person who might run into them while they are jumping.
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4. Draw Some Shapes
Drawing shapes is important for your child’s development. It helps them to recognize the different shapes and develop their hand-eye coordination.
The shape recognition skills are also important for reading, writing, and learning other subjects in school.
Your child should draw simple shapes, like circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.
Try drawing a simple picture of your child in the bathtub with bubbles. Ask your child to color the picture using crayons or markers.
5. Where To Put Things In A Room
Common milestones for children this age include knowing where to put things in a room.
By this age, your child should know that there are a variety of places for things to go. He or she should know the general places for putting:
Places like drawers, cupboards, under beds, on top of tables and desks and so on.
6. The Alphabet And Its Sounds
Your child should know how to pronounce each letter of the alphabet by the age of 4 (but they may not write and read all of them yet).
They should also know how each letter sounds and be able to name them as well. For example, they may not spell out all the letters yet, but they can still name them.
7. How to Undress by Themselves
Your child should know how to undress by themselves by the age of 4.
This is an important milestone that will help your child learn about personal hygiene and help them become more independent.
The age range for this is 3-5 years old. If your child cannot undress themselves, you might go to a professional with special training in child development.
8. How to Brush Teeth
Any developmental delay should not stop your child from learning how to brush teeth. However, we recommend you make brushing teeth a fun game for your child.
Show your child the different parts of the mouth and explain what we use them for. This will help him understand that there is a purpose for each part of the mouth.
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There are More They Should’ve Known
Although these are some things your child should know by the age of 4, this is not an exhaustive list.
In fact, there are a lot more things that your child should know by the age of 4 (or even earlier!).
The most important thing is that you and your child set some milestones to reach at certain ages. It’s good to do this because it will help you keep track of what your child has learned.
It will also help you remember what they have learned so that you can build upon their learning experience in the future.
Our blog post today was a guide to help you help your child reach these milestones. Hopefully, this will help you in your parenting journey!
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