What stages of development is your 3 1/2 year old?

Gabrijela - posted on 08/02/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I was just curious to see at what stage of development your little boy or girl is at. By this I mean do they count to 10 , 20, 30 Do they talk a lot and make full sentences. Do they know their ABC's. etc.....

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Esther Nakyala - posted on 08/31/2012

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Abigail makes 4 in November, she counts 1-20 and writes then by her salf, can recognise her name on paper, reads and writes the whole alphabet and constructs good grama sentences. she pretty does everything for herself as she is very strong headed and is very friendly.

Nicky - posted on 08/17/2012

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My son can count to 10 alone and higher with a little reminding (when he forgets what comes next), he can dress him self/undress, he gets himself out of the tub and dries himself and puts his lotion on (this just started recently, he wants no help), he is a great talker it amazes me the things that he says as all kids do..lol he knows all shapes even the more complicated ones thanks to alot of flash cards and practice, he knows his colors..he can draw little ppl very neatly as they are heads with arms and legs coming out of them..but very cute! He is potty trained and very good with it, Hes very good at putting his shoes on right also. Recently he has become a very independant little man wanting to do everything himself, which is great but i feel as he doesnt need me now :( i know he does and hes just trying to do big boy things but it makes me sad hes growing up to fast.

Suzie - posted on 08/17/2012

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I think there is a dramatic difference at this age between boys and girls.... I have a daughter who has literally been speaking in full sentences since she was 18 months old... Now she surprises people because at 3, she uses phrases like, "wait, I need to collect me things" or "Mom, you don't appreciate this or Mom, can you give me a little privacy please." haha But she is VERY social and thats just her. She loves to talk. Sometimes I have to tell her to give me a break. hahaha She can tell you everything you never wanted to know about everything. Numbers, animals, sounds letters makes, which word starts with what letter... on and on. But thats her... I have other friends who have boys that just don't care to talk much. Its not that they can't. They surely can but they just don't feel the need. I think boys at this age are much more internal. They obviously know a lot but they don't always share this vocally. And thats why you hear a lot of... my son didn't talk for a while or he started speaking late but then when he did.... It seemed like he knew everything overnight!

All kids are different... I HATE comparing kids. I think it probably stems from me having a twin sister and constantly being compared, not by my parents, but everybody else. Whenever I have friends who start comparing or other moms at my daughters school, I change the subject or walk away. All kids are DIFFERENT. And thats what makes the world such an amazing place.

If your child doesn't do something... take it in stride. My daughter doesn't dress herself, not because she can't. But because she is so sleepy in the morning and lazy she would just rather me do it. But I am not going to lose sleep at night because some developmental chart somewhere says she should be dressing herself. At some point, it just gets overwhelming... Nobody's perfect and I am ok if my kids aren't either!

Vicki - posted on 08/16/2012

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Mine isn't 3 1/2 yet, only 3/1/6th lol. He's probably about where your boy is Shauna, he was also a late starter with the talking. Now he speaks fine although not very well understood by those who don't know him. He doesn't really know ABCs but I've never put any effort into it, I don't think the song is necessary for learning literacy, and I don't like the sound of it! He's pretty good and singing incy wincy spider and I'm a teapot so I'm not too concerned.

When I let him put his shoes on he always puts them on the wrong feet, on purpose! He knows it's wrong and does it to annoy me lol. He knows it feels wrong and does it anyway. That's this week's trick anyway, I'm ignoring, I'm sure it'll pass.

He's quite good with empathy, understands when another kid is upset and wants to help. This to me is more important than ticking other milestones.

Shauna - posted on 08/16/2012

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Keep in mind....you are going to get responses from people whose children will seem more advanced than yours will be, but not to worry. Every child is different. I have 3 children. My older 2 are now 13 and 18 years old, so it's hard to remember how they were at that age, but I also have a 3 1/2 year old son, and I know my older 2 were more advanced than my son currently is. My son barely even talked a year ago. His vocabulary consisted of maybe 10 words.....at 2 and a half!!! Now, at 3 and a half.....he talks in sentences, he knows all of his colors, his shapes, he can count to 10.....most of the time he gets it right, then sometimes he is just rambling on and too hurried to count and he skips around. As for his ABC's....he knows most of them. If you sing it with him, he can sing it and get it right, however, if he sings them himself, he will usually make a mistake. He is also potty trained, can dress and undress himself, he has always put his shoes on the right feet since he learned how to put his own shoes on. He has never been one of those kids that you see walking around with shoes on the wrong feet. That's pretty much what I can think of off the top of my head. Hope that helps.

Sandie - posted on 08/02/2012

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Haha, it's great to brag about your kids :) go for it!! My son can get dressed/undressed too now ya mention it lol.

September - posted on 08/02/2012

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Our son is 3.5 and can count to 40, knows all of his shapes and colors, knows his ABC's and letter recognition, can draw a square, circle and rectangle, talks in full sentences, can carry on a great conversation while staying engaged, can dress himself...and now I feel like I'm bragging so I'll stop there. :)

Sandie - posted on 08/02/2012

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My son was 3 in may, he can count to 10 by himself, 20 with help, can do alphabet with a little prompting on some letters but can only do it if he's looking at the letters, not just reciting it. He knows his shapes and colours, and has started to draw things that can be recognised (sometimes). He starts pre-school in september and I bet everything will improve so quickly, kids learn so fast! It's exciting seeing what he will come out with next.

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