SPECIFIC GOALS FOR YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD

  • Follow simple instructions.
  • Describe and compare experiences and events.
  • Describe functions of objects.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of self and culture.
  • Respond to questions about similarities and differences of objects.
  • Develop vocabulary for expressing observations.
  • Develop vocabulary for thinking and problem solving.

VISUAL SKILLS

  • Match, sort and name a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
  • Sequence objects and pictures by size.
  • Classify items by one attribute:  color, size or shape.
  • Duplicate two and three dimensional designs with objects.
  • Identify missing parts of pictures and shapes.
  • Reproduce and name a sequence of at least three items from memory.
  • Recognize similarities and differences in a variety of pictures.

AUDITORY AWARENESS SKILLS

  • Respond to the presence or absence and/or location of sounds and other sound characteristics.
  • Name gross differences in sound characteristics (loud and soft, fast and slow).
  • Name a variety of environmental sounds and match these sounds with their associated pictures.
  • Use creative expression in the recall of poems and role play of stories.
  • Re-tell the events of a story in sequence.
  • Follow a series of three directions with motor actions.
  • Identify a specified word in a story context.
  • Identify pairs of words that rhyme.

GROSS AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS

  • Move body parts as directed.
  • Perform balance tasks on walking boards:  forward, backward, sideway.
  • Perform hopping and jumping tasks.
  • Move expressively to music.
  • Follow a walking pattern.
  • Throw and catch a ball, beanbag or balloon.
  • Throw a beanbag toward a target.
  • Reproduce a rhythm pattern (fast or slow).
  • Remember and perform two or three actions in order.
  • Work with equipment (able to place objects appropriately).
  • Spoon and pour various materials.
  • Cut complex patterns with scissors.
  • Perform chalkboard movements (up and down, top to bottom).
  • Discriminate through touching various textures, shapes and sizes.
  • Perform simple paper folding tasks.

INTERACTING WITH PEERS AND ADULTS

  • Cooperate with others in the classroom by following rules, by helping to establish rules, and by
    learning to modify rules when necessary.
  • Share and take turns.
  • Give help to other children when requested to do so by a child or by the teacher.
  • Engage in discussions and activities that involve adults and other children in the classroom.
  • Play and work cooperatively.
  • Help with simple tasks such as clean-up, serving snacks and so forth.
  • Respond to basic manners, such as health and table manners.

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE AND POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT

  • Care for his/her own physical needs such as dressing, toileting and eating.
  • Attend to tasks for increasingly longer periods of time.
  • Assume independent responsibility for completing tasks.
  • Indicate willingness to attempt successively more difficult tasks.
  • Respond to social reinforcement:  smiles, supportive words, embraces rather than concrete
    rewards.
  • Respond to health and grooming suggestions.
  • Set realistic goals for him/herself.
  • Work independently.
Tom Thumb Child Care and Preschool
410 - 154th Place, Calumet City, IL
708-891-1181