Your three-year-old is growing by leaps and bounds. Every time you turn around, your child has learned something new. When it comes to your three-year-old, preschool, home, and playtime all bring new and exciting things. This growth can also get overwhelming at times. You’re not alone. Every parent of a three-year-old has been through what you’re going through. Here are a few specific things that you can expect.
Like we said, age three comes with lots of growth. Your child will grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’ve probably noticed that your child has gotten a lot taller. They look less like a baby and more like a small child. Other than their molars, all of their baby teeth have come in, so dental hygiene is important.
Mentally, your child will experience rapid development. They’re starting to ask lots and lots of questions. Brace yourself, though. There will probably be even more questions at age four. Developmental milestones to monitor your child’s development can be a huge benefit when considering a preschool program for your young children. Things like language development, physical development, and emotional development. Along with teaching your child to understand simple instructions, to follow instructions, focus and motor skills are vital during this time to consider with all preschool programs. The childcare education you provide your child at this age is going to be important. Your child’s school should have services provided around these key factors to determine proper milestones.
This Is a Great Time for Preschool
Since learning is so new and exciting for your three-year-old, preschool is a great idea at this age. A trained preschool teacher can tap into that excitement for learning. At preschool, your child can maximize everything that they’re already learning. The right preschool curriculum will make a huge difference in your child’s mental growth.
What else can preschool do for your three-year-old? Preschool can help your child make friends. Now that your child is three, they’ve gained more of an awareness of other people. As a result, they may want to engage with people their own age. Preschool is the perfect environment for that. They’ll grow their social skills and connect with other people. Parents showing words of affection to their child by saying things as simple as, “You’re so smart! I’m so proud of how much you have been learning at school” can go a long way. This brings us into behaviors and positive reinforcement.
Behaviors Can Get Difficult
Three can be a volatile age. Your three-year-old is changing from a baby to an older child, and those changes are difficult. With a lot of growth comes new and bigger emotions. While their emotions get bigger, their logic still has a long way to go. As a result, three-year-olds can get upset when the world doesn’t conform to their logic and expectations. Tantrums abound at age three. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about how to work through those tantrums. For now, though, just rest assured that your child isn’t the only one experiencing big emotions. Developmental milestones are going to be important, read more in our blog about “Children’s Success in Life and in School.”
One-on-One Attention Is Essential
When it comes to your three-year-old, preschool should provide plenty of one-on-one attention as well as other children for developing social skills. Look for preschools with small class sizes that emphasize individuality. Your child is still learning how to navigate the world around them. Group learning is wonderful, but that one-on-one interaction can help your child feel more grounded. Of course, this individual attention is important at home, too. Find some time to play games or read books with them every day.
Bedtime May Have More Challenges
Some children resist bedtime. Children don’t process “tired” in the same way that adults do, so they don’t always realize when it’s time to sleep. For that matter, bedtime means the end of playtime, and most children just don’t want the fun to end. Now, your three-year-old has gotten smarter than they used to be. Their bedtime avoidance strategies may get more sophisticated. While a two-year-old may just insist that they don’t want to go to bed, a three-year-old will come up with more subtle stalling techniques. Learn to recognize those techniques, stay firm with your child’s bedtime routine, and start the process a few minutes earlier if you need some extra time.
Three Year Old Preschool
Looking for an excellent preschool for your three-year-old? Preschool can do wonders for three-year-olds as they learn and grow, and Legacy Academy is the perfect choice. At Legacy, our age-appropriate curriculum makes learning fun and exciting. Ready to learn more? Contact Legacy Academy today.