Social skills

Initiates and maintains independent play (for example, plays alone in the sandbox, or role-plays independently)

Enjoys doing things on their own sometimes, such as reading, crafts or getting dressed

Enjoys participating in group activities

Can express emotions, needs and requests

Responds well to consistent routines, such as quiet time or naptime following lunch

Anticipates what comes next during the day (for example, knows that naptime follows lunch)

Motor skills

Increases proficiency in gross motor skills, strength and balance, such as jumping in place, standing on one foot, running and kicking

Develops gross motor coordination, such as to navigate around obstacles

Rides tricycles

Runs to kick a stationary ball

Improves hand-eye coordination when playing with building blocks and simple puzzles

Begins to improve pencil control by using fingers rather than the whole fist to grasp pencil and stylus

Begins to show left/right-handedness

Reasoning & concept development

Matches like objects, mainly identical objects, or matches objects by shape and color

Develops object permanence and understands that objects continue to exist even when out of sight

Shows interests in tinkering with objects by taking things apart and putting them back together

Explores with elements of nature, such as sand and water

Remembers short sequences of events of 2 to 3 steps

Language skills

Uses language to communicate with others for a variety of purposes (for example, describing something, making requests, greeting someone, etc.)

Speaks clearly to be understood by others

Uses accepted language and communication styles (for example, using polite manners, using appropriate volume and tone)

Tells simple stories

Uses accepted nouns, verbs and adjectives in familiar contexts

Understands words for common categories (for example, toys, food, clothes)

Uses sentences with two phrases or concepts


Holds a book properly and turns pages

Understands that words convey the message in a story

Recognizes the first letter of their own name

Knows some letter names

Knows the main characters in familiar stories

Enjoys reading books with others


Holds a writing tool with a fist or finger grasp

Draws with a variety of tools (crayons, pens, pencils)

Scribble-writes in a linear fashion

Makes marks and refer to them as “my name”


Identifies some shapes such as circle, square and triangle

Understands and explores empty containers and full containers

Recognizes and matches small quantities to the number words 1, 2 and 3

Shows interest in numbers and recites some number words

Can count along with help, although might make mistakes

Distinguishes between "some" and "all," and parts of a whole

Uses some size words, such as "many"

Uses words such as "same as" to make comparisons

Shows interests in patterns and sequences

Classifies or sorts objects into simple groups (such as by colors and size)

Understands the order of the day, and begins to use some time words such as "morning" and "night"


Asks questions about objects, events and animals observed in their environment

Considers and offers explanations of how things might work

Shows interest in different animals and the sounds they make

Uses descriptive terms such as "fast" and "slow," "hot" and "cold"

Creative arts & music

Begins to use a variety of art tools such as crayon, construction paper and colored pencils

Knows a few color words

Drawings have basic resemblance to objects and people

Articulates what he/she is drawing

Likes to imitate sounds and rhythm; might have a favorite song

Uses realistic toys in pretend play or to imitate household routines

Engages in dramatic play with others to act out simple play scripts, such as playing house

Social studies

Recognizes common features of the home and neighborhood, such as trees, houses and streets

Shows interests in familiar people such as siblings, family members and friends

Shows interests in common jobs and professions such as firefighter, doctor and nurse


Observation(s) / Recommendation(s)

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