TYPICALLY YOUR CHILD WILL:

  • Understand opposites (stop- go, in-on)
  • Follow two and three part commands ('Please sit down, open your book and be quiet')
  • Use language to express emotion ('I don't want to, he's mean')
  • Use four to five words in sentences ('Go store for daddy's present')
  • Use nouns and verbs most often
  • Know the concept of past and future
  • Understand 1200-2000 words
  • May use 800-1500 words
  • May have choppy speech, repeat him/herself, or reword sentences
  • If a stranger listens to the child, they would understand 80-96% of what words the child's is saying
  • Has good memory and can tell you short stories or events that happened
  • Has conversation with different people and in different places, but much of the conversation still happens with his/her mother
  • Will ask questions and make requests for you to clarify when s/he doesn't understand something, but sometimes in a general way (what? Huh? Why?)
  • May talk fast, ask lots of questions, or use some incomplete sentences but about 75% of their comments are on topic and related to what you said right before
  • A 4 year old can ask permission and make suggestions
  • Will start to make more statements and not only ask for things they want, need, or don't want/like
  • Will know more complicated pronouns like they, us, hers, his, them, her, him and myself
  • Aware that people are different; they may act differently depending on who they are with and where they are (with teacher vs. parents or in a library vs. at home)
  • Will role play and create stories, especially when playing