THE PHASE WHEN ANYTHING CAN BE IMAGINED, EVERYTHING CAN BE A GAME, AND ONE CURIOUS PRESCHOOLER WANTS TO KNOW, "WHY?"

IMAGINATION IS REALITY.

Your four-year-old's delightful imagination may suddenly turn your bedroom into a train station, a castle, or both. But imagination may also turn deceptive. Your four-year-old may suddenly insist the cat ate her cupcake, her bed somehow got wet from the rain, and maybe it was Grandma who spilled nail polish on the furniture.


EVERYTHING CAN BE A GAME.

You motivate your preschooler best when you appeal to their desire to play. Whatever the task, turn it into a game, make it fun. You might even let them take the lead and create a game you both can play. Your four-year-old is wired to have fun with you.


THEY HAVE A NEWFOUND CURIOSITY.

Whether it's showcased by pouring all the dish soap into the sink at once, or the constant repetition of "Why? Why? Why?", your preschooler is eager to know how the world works. So when they ask you "Why" for the second and third time, remember they're just looking for more of the knowledge they know you must have as an adult person.

Life for your four-year-old can be confusing. It's okay to throw a ball, but not a rock. You can hug your friend, but not squeeze his neck. Your three-year-old is learning the rules for life and encountering some necessary discipline. The way you consistently meet their needs, engage their senses, and provide discipline will help them develop self-control.

THINKS LIKE AN ARTIST

You help them learn when you... ENGAGE THEIR SENSES.


WANTS TO KNOW "AM I OKAY?"

You capture their heart when you ... CULTIVATE THEIT SELF-CONTROL.


IS MOTIVATED BY SAFETY

You coach their moral abilities when you ... DISCIPLINE CONSISTENTLY.

THIS YEAR YOU WILL 'INCITE WONDER' SO YOUR CHILD WILL KNOW GOD'S LOVE AND MEET GOD'S FAMILY.

Your three-year-old has many questions. Some might be about creation, heaven, church, and the Bible ... and some of their questions might already be hard to answer. Don't panic. Just like other topics, answer faith questions as simply as possible. If they need to ask more, they will.

SAY THINGS LIKE :

"GOD MADE. GOD LOVES YOU. JESUS WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND FOREVER."


"WAS DANIEL AFRAID WHEN HE WAS THROWN INTO THE LION'S DEN?"

(Talk about what your preschooler learns at church.)


"CAN YOU HELP ME CARRY THESE SOCKS?"

(Prompt them to help)


"ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL? LET'S THANK GOD FOR IT.


"ARE YOU SCARED? LET'S TALK TO GOD ABOUT IT."


DO NOT BE AFRAID FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU." Joshua 1:9

Repeat simple Bible verses
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YOUR FOUR-YEAR-OLD IS CHANGING

PHYSICALLY

  • Hops on one foot
  • Strings beads and cuts with scissors (the plastic kind)
  • Throws a ball overhand and catches a bounced ball (Sometimes)
  • Draws circles, squares and a person with 2-4 body parts

MENTALLY

  • Sorts things and ideas into categories
  • Recognises less and more (especially if they are lollies)
  • Can argue, explain, and rationalise (you may have noticed)
  • Lives in present, but enjoys retelling the story of past events

VERBALLY

  • Tells a short story
  • Keeps a conversation going
  • May struggle with some sounds: r, l, s, z, j, sh, ch, th
  • Adjusts speech based on the listener and location

EMOTIONALLY

  • Tends to be optimistic in spite of failure.
  • Enjoys both physical humor and simple jokes.
  • Can learn relaxation techniques (take a deep breath).
  • Often deals with fear and anxiety by distracting themselves.

You have approximately 728 weeks and counting ...

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