And that will lead to one thing … A stronger family!
By writing this devotional, Tom Frye encourages us to
love God and our families … And to do it with scripture
as our guide.” Tom is a friend of my parents, and they
love what he and his family are all about … I encourage
all to ponder the thoughts that Tom has to offer.
—Mary Beth Chapman,
author of Choosing to See
spoon during mealtime. When holding
brush grasp pattern. Some children prefer to switch hands when doing a project, and others will exhibit a dominant
her hands and building foundations for
3 Years Old
Learning how to get dressed independently should begin in the third year.
resist learning how to dress themselves
fabric tunnels or
homemade forts is
and pass the time on
because it is a challenging task. Watch-ing;older;siblings;dress;themselves;may
Learning how to deal with fasteners such
as snaps and zippers should be addressed
served during painting, eating, and col-
oring. Don’t be scared if he switches to
interest in tabletop activities. For exam-
ple, while an older sibling is coloring in
own masterpiece, if given the opportu-
4 Years Old
to manipulate scissors in order to cut out
shapes. I recommend the use of small
old;may;shift;from;enjoying;simple;table-top activities to enjoying modeled art
projects with several simple steps. At this
stage of development, there is an increase
in attention span, which gives parents the
old’s activities into work time with brothers and sisters. For example, one sibling
may;read;a;story;such;as;The Hungry Caterpillar;and;then;your;4-year-old;could
cut out circles to make a caterpillar when
muscle endurance, in-hand coordina-tion,;and;eye-hand;coordination.
Learning the alphabet and correspond-
shorter periods of time due to weakness.
Continue to encourage the child to “stick
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