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As a child develops throughout his or her life there are distinct stages which are milestones in which they are observed as developmental stages The stages are broken down into certain age groups one of which is early childhood Early childhood is the ages between two and six I will focus on the ages of three to four With three and four year old children there are many different development stages Those stages are physical the outside appearance of the development intellectual which is how the child develops with regards to knowledge and overall booksmartness The third is social and emotional development which takes into account a childs attitudes feelings and way of coping with his or her surrounding environment Malley 1 The development depends on parents teachers and caregivers to stimulate the child so that he or she develops to their potential If not stimulated a child may not develop at the normal pace at which they should At the ages of three and four children are physically about 25-50 pounds and just under four feet tall The need 10-12 hours of sleep a night and can sleep through most nights without wetting the bed They are beginning to learn to walk straight lines jump and walk up steps with one foot on each step Powell 2 They work with their hands and can stack blocks up to ten high make shapes out of play dough and they are just getting started to dress themselves with a little help for things like zippers buttons and snaps Oesterreich 3 Mentally they are developing rapidly also At three years a child can say simple 3-5 word sentences and can say words most of the time to be understandable At four the sentences get more complex with 5-8 words Powell 2 At this stage children are starting to understand things relative to the daily tasks wake up eat breakfast eat lunch eat dinner and go to bed
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