Developmental Expectations

  • Remember ... All children grow, learn and develop at their own pace. Use this list as a general information guide only.


  • Approaches Toward Learning

    • Is curious and confident in ability to learn.
    • Enjoys exploration and discovery through play.
    • Asks questions to find out more about an interest.
    • Expresses self creatively through music, movement, and art.
    • Takes initiative when appropriate.
    • Pays attention to task for short period of time (approximately 15 minutes).
    • Persists with tasks even when difficult.

     

    Social and Emotional Development

    • Plays cooperatively and participates appropriately in a group.
    • Follows basic rules, routines and adapts to small changes.
    • Demonstrates some degree of independence and can separate from parents.
    • Works to solve conflict and seeks adult help when needed.
    • Respects people and property.
    • Begins to identify and express own feelings appropriately.
    • Begins to understand other’s feelings and intentions.
    • Forms close relationships with children and familiar adults.

     

    Language Development

    • Knows many vocabulary words in own language.
    • Uses sentences of several words.
    • Speech is understandable to unfamiliar adults.
    • Asks and answers when, where, why and how questions.
    • Follows 1, 2, 3 step directions.
    • Recognizes rhyming words and similar sounds.
    • Understands that words can be spoken and written.
    • Recognizes familiar alphabet letters (knows letters of own name).
    • Is interested in books/stories and can retell a story when read aloud.
    • Can tell about an experience.

    Adapted from Foundations: Early Learning Standards

  • Health and Physical Development

    • Has had vision/hearing screened.
    • Has had all required immunizations.
    • Receives medical care when sick.
    • Receives dental check-ups regularly.
    • Eats a balanced diet and gets eight to ten hours of sleep at night.
    • Can run, jump, climb, swing and throw balls.
    • Demonstrates self-help skills such as independent use of toilet, eat unassisted, snap, button, zip or belt own clothes, blow nose, cover sneeze, wash hands, etc.
    • Holds scissors appropriately and cuts.

     

    Cognition and General Knowledge

    • Boy playing with calculator
    • Identifies self with first and last name.
    • Knows basic colors.
    • Has awareness of self and family.
    • Draws picture of self.
    • Understands that actions have consequences.
    • Understands simple science concepts.
    • Demonstrates good problem-solving skills.
    • Understands 1-1 correspondence in counting.
    • Names some numbers and rote counts to 10.
    • Names some shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle).
    • Can informally measure things (which is longer?).
    • Understands spatial concepts (up and down).