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Intellectual Development of a 4-Year-Old
Last year I shared about how we were letting a three-year-old dress herself as part of her development. It was a milestone that I wasn’t quite ready for as a mom. It just seemed like such a grown-up thing for her to do and she’s my baby!
She’s continued to become more and more independent when it comes to getting dressed and choosing her own clothes. So now we’ve got a four-year-old in our house and she just continues growing and developing.
It still feels like it’s happening far too quickly for my liking but it’s really fun to watch too.
4-Year-Old Developmental Milestones
Some of the milestones for the intellectual development of a 4-year-old include cognitive skills like:
- Names some colors and some numbers
- Understands the idea of counting
- Starts to understand time
- Remembers parts of a story
- Understands the idea of “same” and “different”
- Draws a person with 2 to 4 body parts
- Uses scissors
- Starts to copy some capital letters
- Plays board or card games
- Tells you what he thinks is going to happen next in a book
Carrigan is meeting most of these now that she’s four. She loves anything related to reading and she’s always talking about stories we’ve read. As a former teacher, that’s been really fun for me to see develop.
She also loves to sing songs or say poems and remembers so many of them! It blows my mind!
Her vocabulary continues to grow and it’s fun chatting with her as she learns more about the ins and outs of grammar and speech.
Then there are her stories! The girl tells amazing stories. She retells stories from books we read and then comes up with her own detailed and interesting stories!
It’s pretty amazing to watch (and listen to)! I cannot wait to see her continue to grow and develop as we head towards the all of the milestones she should reach by the time she turns five!
More on Milestones from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program is an amazing resource for tracking the milestones your child should be reaching in their development. The site provides comprehensive information about milestones from birth through age five.
You can watch videos to help you see what the milestones look like, get information on what to do if you’re concerned about your child and find other support materials for both parents and caregivers.
The CDC also has a new app that you can download it for iOS and Android to check milestones on the go! Learn more about the Milestone Tracker App and all of its features.