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3 - 4 Year Olds

*Enjoy listening to longer stories and can remember much of what happens.

*Pay attention to more than one thing at a time, which can be difficult.

*Use a wider range of vocabulary.

*Understand a question or instruction that has two parts, such as “Get your coat and wait at the door”.

*Understand ‘why’ questions, like: “Why do you think the caterpillar got so fat?”

*Sing a large repertoire of songs.

*Know many rhymes, be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story.

*Develop their communication, but may continue to have problems with irregular tenses and plurals, such as ‘runned’ for ‘ran’, ‘swimmed’ for ‘swam’.

*Develop their pronunciation but may have problems saying: - some sounds: r, j, th, ch, and sh - multisyllabic words such as ‘pterodactyl’, ‘planetarium’ or ‘hippopotamus’

*Use longer sentences of four to six words.

*Be able to express a point of view and to debate when they disagree with an adult or a friend, using words as well as actions.

*Start a conversation with an adult or a friend and continue it for many turns.

*Use talk to organise themselves and their play: “Let’s go on a bus... you sit there... I’ll be the driver.”