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Developmental Milestones That Lead to Academic Success: From Age 3-5



Developmental milestones are a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children can do at a certain age range. Monitoring developmental progress is critical to improving every aspect of a child’s life. Most books on childhood development focus on early development specific to infants and toddlers, however, there are important milestones that occur later and are linked specifically to academic success. Out of sequence or incomplete brain development is a significant root cause for problems with behavior and academics. It is one of the consistent threads among children with these kinds of challenges. Their brain has not developed in the right sequence.

As children enter preschool age, there are more developmental milestones that directly correlated to future academic success. Preschool typically focuses on socialization, letter recognition and developing fine motor skills. The following developmental milestones occur during this stage of learning:

  • Asks a lot of questions
  • Vocabulary is around 900–1,000 words
  • Starts sorting things by size, color, shape or purpose
  • Uses the past tense correctly
  • Names common objects in picture books or magazines
  • Easily composes sentences of five to six words
  • Has a well-established understanding of most vowels, diphthongs, and the consonants p, b, m, w
  • Links letters to sounds and pronouncing simple words.

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