Language Skills: 4 year old

Your 4-year-old's vocabulary now includes an average of 1,500 words. By his fifth birthday, that number will expand to include 2,500.

He can communicate elaborate stories by stringing up to eight words together at a time. His narratives will not only be about things that have happened to him, but also about dreams and fantasies.

For the most part, his speech is quite clear. However, "f," "v," "s," and "z" sounds may still give him trouble until midway through his fifth year. Likewise "sh," "l," "th," and "r" can take even longer to perfect.

Grammatical errors occur less frequently. "No, go there," for example, becomes "Don't go there." And "Where my shoes?" turns into "Where are my shoes?"

He asks questions using "how" and "where," and can even answer many of your "why" questions.

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