If you check “No” to any of the following questions, contact your Public Health Nurse at 250-850-2110. It’s never too soon to make sure your child is on track.
|Understand three-step directions and longer sentences? (For example, “Put your toys away and wash your hands before lunch”)|
|Ask lots of questions? (For example, “How?” “Why?”) *|
|Correctly say the words – “two”, “hat”, “do”, “mud”, “fun”, “off”, “key”, “cookie”, “go”, “hug?” *|
|Use some word endings as in “running” and “jumped?” *|
|Tell what is happening in a picture when you ask?|
|Speak clearly enough to be understood most of the time?|
|Tell simple stories, sing songs, and say rhymes? *|
|Recognize some letters and try to write his first name?|
|Count to 10?|
|Work at one activity for up to 20-30 minutes?|
|Go up and down the stairs using first one foot and then the other? (with one foot on each step)|
|Stand on one foot for 1-3 seconds without help?|
|Try to hop on one foot?|
|Catch a large ball with outstretched arms?|
|Cut paper with scissors?|
|Draw a person with three or more body parts?|
|Hold a crayon or pencil correctly?|
|Undo buttons and zippers?|
|Use the toilet/potty during the day? (For example, is toilet trained)|
|Take turns and share with other children in small group activities and has favorite games and playmates?|
|Try to comfort someone who is upset?|
|Play near and talk to other children while continuing with his own activity?|
|Look for adult approval? (For example, “Watch me,” “Look what I did”)|
|Express his emotions and name some of his feelings? *|
* Starred items may not be common to children in all cultures. Please for a discussion of what this star might mean for Aboriginal children.
- Provide lots of opportunities to run, jump, and climb each day.
- When outdoors, talk about the things you see and do.
- Draw with your child and talk about his drawings.
- Encourage independence in dressing, using the toilet and hand washing.
- Provide opportunities for creativity (painting, coloring, drawing, telling short stories).
- Play rhyming games and laugh at the silly words that you can make together.
- Play group games with simple rules: Duck Duck Goose, Ring around the Rosie, London Bridge is Falling Down, and the Farmer in the Dell.
- Practice lacing skills by threading a shoelace through the holes in his shoes or holes punched around a picture.
- Provide your child with praise. Show him that you are listening to what he has to say.
- Teach your child his personal information (full name, address, phone number).
- Allow your child to help make decisions about simple problems in his life (if he has left his coat at preschool, let him decide what to wear as an alternative).
- Read to your child.