Preschool Development & Education

Language Milestones in Preschool

Preschoolers will develop their language more and begin to talk more. They will learn about the way things work in the world and their place in it. These children will be able to share their ideas, observations, and other things with the people around them. During preschool they will also realize the world is filled with letters and words. Getting them eager to want to learn to read and write is important during this stage. By reading with them, talking, and pointing out things in everyday activities, they will become interested.

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 might make errors in grammar 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.

Choosing a Preschool

The first things to consider are academics, curriculum, length of day, cost, teacher training, and structure.

There are many different philosophies that preschools follow. Listed below are 6 main philosophies of education and their brief overviews:

1. Montessori – This hands on learning style focuses on nature and creativity. There is gentle guidance provided by the teachers.
2. Waldorf – Focuses on nurturing the child’s spirit, soul, and body to find the child’s interests. The goal is to generate a strong inner enthusiasm for learning.
3. Reggio Emilia – This philosophy focuses on the importance of the community and self-expression. The activities are child led and reflect their ideas and interests.
4. High Scope – This philosophy uses a design called active participatory. Children learn through hands on activities. They have consistent daily routines and the classrooms are well- organized. The curriculum has an academic slant.
5. Bank Street – The focus is on the child’s mental, social, emotional, and physical growth. The children set the learning pace and the teachers guide them. This philosophy is comparable to play- based learning.
6. Parent Co-ops – This philosophy involves parents to be directly involved. The parents are involved daily and interact with other parents. This allows for parents and children to learn together in a nurturing environment. The focus is on solving conflicts and working together.

Early intervention is very important when a child is slower in development because all of these skills are important to communication and speech.