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3 years 1 month old

Katie de Klee
How your pre-schooler will grow and develop, what changes to be aware of, and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Pronunciation gets clearer.
  • Interest in writing their name.
  • Developing (even more) independence.
  • Encouraging creativity.
How your pre-schooler is developing:
Your pre-schooler’s language skills are really making progress and they will be able to pronounce words much more clearly than they used to. You will find that your child is initiating conversations with you more often and will want to talk about the things that interest them – often at length.

One of the first words your child will be able to write is their own name. You can practice writing it with them. Write it nice and big at the top of the page so they can copy the shape of the letters – at this age it’s all about the shapes. Children develop writing skills in their own time, so don’t pressure your child into trying if they aren’t interested. It will come. Meanwhile, on the physical front your child’s movement is getting bolder and stronger. By now they can probably jump pretty high with a double-footed take off and they might be so enthusiastic that they like jumping up and down steps. This should obviously only be attempted with an adult nearby!
Tips for you this month:
Children love drawing and writing (also known as scribbling). Keep crayons, pencils and scrap paper somewhere your child has access to them so they can scribble whenever they want to – just be sure not to leave any important paperwork lying around, or that will get the scribble treatment too! If your child is trying to write then it’s important to praise their effort. Making them feel proud of what they are doing helps them develop confidence in their skills.

Three-year-olds have a pretty good vocabulary, and while they get to grips with a lot of new words they may pronounce things wrong. They can get very frustrated if they aren’t understood, so try and listen to the sounds they are making and see if you can match them to what you’ve been talking about recently.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Practice some writing skills with your child.
  • Take them out for a ride on their tricycle.
  • Read a new book with your pre-schooler.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Once children learn how to write their own names, you might see it all over the place like a graffiti tag: on the pages of their books, on the table, on the walls. Writing their name is part of realising they are an individual.
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