Speech and Language Milestones in Preschool
When a child is preschool age, you will notice that their language development increases along with the complexity of their sentences. At this age, they will learn and understand the way things work in the world and their place in it. Children should be able to share their ideas and observations with the people around them.
During preschool, children will also realize the world is filled with letters and words. This is a wonderful time to help them become eager to learn, read, and write. Teach your child by reading with them, talking, and pointing out details in everyday activities.
Before preschool, children will have developed around 900 to 1,000 words and 90% of what they say can be understood. They can easily make three-word sentences by this age. By the age of four, children should be speaking in about 5 to 6 word sentences fairly consistently. During this stage, children may make grammatical errors, which is completely normal for this age. They tend to have trouble with irregular verbs during this age, but they will grow out of this as their language matures.
Please use our DEVELOPMENTAL CHECKLISTS to see if your child is meeting their milestones.