Little Miss Minion will be starting pre-k this year at school, which means that next year, she will be starting kindergarten! In an effort to make sure that she is ready next year, I took some time to go through the CDC checklist of things most children do by the time they turn 4. Since LMM is 4 right now, I figure this will give us plenty of time to get official assessments if we need them. Our school district requires an assessment before kindergarten anyway, but since LMM has had some delays before, we want to make sure we catch any issues before they get too big.
According to the CDC, this is the list of things most children are doing at LMM’s age. I’ve added my own notes after each one.
- Enjoys doing new things. LMM loves new things! She is always excited to go somewhere new or try a new food.
- Plays Mom and Dad. She has started carrying around one of her baby dolls and shushing it or giving it a bottle and a nap.
- Is creative with make-believe play. The other day, she told me she was playing with her friends at school and then there was a dragon and everything was on fire. I think this qualifies 🙂
- Would rather play with others than alone. She spent 45 minutes over the weekend playing doctor/vet with Mr Minion, myself, and a collection of stuffed animals. We are all healthy.
- Cooperates with other children. I think she shares as much as one would expect from a small child. She has several close friends at daycare and a Best Friend.
- Often can’t tell what is real or make-believe. See dragon story above.
- Talks about likes and interests. She likes to announce her preferences for things like food, colors, drinks, and activities. She also remembers which of those things are liked or disliked by myself or Mr Minion.
- Knows some basic grammar. She occasionally messes up past tense verbs, but is getting better. We never baby talked her (its against my DNA, as an English major), and I think it shows.
- Knows songs or poems. She is always singing to herself in the car on the way home. She also likes the Daniel Tiger songs about everyday activities and will sing when appropriate.
- Tells stories. Its sometimes a little hard to get her going, but then she will just talk and talk. She likes to tell stories about what happened at school that day or something that happened in a movie we recently saw.
- Can say first and last name. Yes, and working on middle.
- Can name some colors and some numbers-Yes, she is very good at this.
- Understands the idea of counting-Yes, can count reliably to 15, knows some higher numbers, but not able to put in order.
- Starts to understand time. She understands “yesterday” means the past, “tomorrow” means sometime in the future, and is starting to know morning, afternoon, night (in terms of progression of time).
- Remembers parts of a story-yes. We read stories before bed and then she gets a turn to tell it back to us.
- Understands the concepts of same and different-yes. Every day, she will compare and contrast our shirts or outfits.
- Draws a person with 2-4 body parts. Yes. She draws about as well as I do 🙂
- Uses scissors-yes.
- Starts to copy some capital letters-Yes
- Plays board or card games-She likes Chutes and Ladders, Pretty Princess, and memory games
- Guesses the next event in a book-Yep.
- Hops/stands on one foot-Yes
- Catches a bounced ball most of the time-No
- Pours, cuts with supervision, eats own food-Yes
The only thing from this list that we really need to work on is the catching a ball. Not too shabby for a former 28 weeker.