Thursday, January 2, 2014

Starting Year 4

The following is from WebMD ...

3- to 4-Year-Olds: Developmental Milestones

Congratulations, you have survived the "terrible two's!"  Hopefully, you have energy left to enjoy what lies ahead for you and your preschooler. They call the next few years the "magic years" -- partly because it seems like magic that your child is finally listening to you and partly because for your child, it is a time for his or her imagination to run wild. 

Your 3- to 4-year-old child will continue to grow and develop in many ways in the coming year. Although children reach developmental milestones at different times, your child will likely achieve the following developmental milestones before he or she turns 5 years old. 

3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Language Milestones

If your child is not very talkative, that will likely change soon. At  3 to 4 years old, your child should be able to: 

Say his or her name and age
Speak 250 to 500 words
Answer simple questions
Speak in sentences of five to six words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4
Speak clearly
Tell stories

Here at John's Island, as the blog enters the 4th year, we hope to live up to some of those same milestones. We will just have to see. We were just looking back at one of our first posts, January 1, 2011, and, yes, that is still one of our favorite photos.  So, today, we are sharing another sunrise.  Today's is a shot taken in the mountains of southwest Montana.  We loved the "Japanese Flag" effect of the sunlight.  It seems like a nice sunrise photo is a good way to celebrate "new beginnings" for the new year. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by the Island.


  1. This is a beautiful photo. I am sure that as you venture into this new year you have lots more lovely photos to share.Happy NewYear.

  2. That picture is truly inspiring. And I am glad to know what your milestones should be as you begin your fourth year. Well done! :-)

  3. I had to chuckle at the childhood milestones, sometimes I think I'm going backwards :-)

    My thanks for sharing your inspirational post and photos through the years John.

    I love the view of the awesome skies over the majestic Montana mountains. insert long sigh here..


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