Cognitive Development of Three- and Four-Year-Olds



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Preschoolers have a sense of wonder about so many aspects of their world. They enjoy demonstrating their knowledge to others, and they are challenged to use their brains in fascinating new ways every day. Whether they are making clay figures, rolling cars down ramps, experimenting with writing, or exploring nature, they are expanding their mental horizons constantly. Cognitive Development of Three- and Four-Year-Olds will help you understand typical milestones children tend to reach during the preschool years as they develop their ability to think, understand, and solve problems. As you examine classroom scenarios, you will gain insight into various ways young children express their developing cognitive skills and some challenges that tend to occur. You will also learn strategies for supporting and nurturing children's cognitive growth, especially in the following areas:

  • Believing in magical thinking
  • Expressing a sense of curiosity
  • Understanding time concepts
  • Developing spatial awareness
  • Practicing problem solving
  • Exploring creativity through art
  • Developing mathematical thinking
  • Investigating science questions
  • Exploring the writing process
  • Developing emergent reading skills

By guiding children to think creatively and critically, you will help them gain confidence and competence. 

Part of the Gryphon House Growing Up in Stages series.

Susan A Miller

Susan A. Miller, EdD, is a Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has a long career in education spanning forty years as a preschool teacher and...

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“I liked the inclusion of Guidance techniques in this book; it shows the reader how to apply these concepts while re-emphasizing the concept.   As cognitive development was discussed, I could easily see how the domains were interdependent when reading the scenarios.  This provides the reader a holistic view of the child and really helps the reader to understand the overlap of development into each domain. I was glad to see Spatial Awareness covered - I don't see that enough and it is an important concept.  ”

Debbie Vera
Associate Professor Texas A&M University


“Only Susan Miller can bring to life developmental theory through descriptive real-life stories of children’s behavior and interactions, which will serve as equally engaging resources for future teachers and parents.”

Judi Simmons Estes
Associate Dean School of Education Park University


“As I was reading each of the three books in Susan Miller’s newest series, I found myself absorbing the curiosity, wonder, and awe that she shares as an observer and story-teller of children’s development, while unwittingly increasing my passion for understanding the nuances of the developmental process.”

Judi Simmons Estes
Associate Dean School of Education Park University


“Susan has been a personal friend and a resource for me since my classroom days teaching four-year olds in San Antonio, Texas to my years on the road speaking to teachers about the ages and stages of early childhood development. I always sought out her opinions and insights. Now I do not have to call her. I have her books! Her understanding of social, cognitive, and emotional development in young children is unrivaled. She explains ages and stages in her unique way, clean, simple, honest She is a gifted writer with a real empathy and understanding for her subjects: children. Susan Miller's books belong in the personal library of any early-childhood teacher. Buy them. ”

Sharon MacDonald
Author, Early Childhood Trainer


“The writing style was very personal and engaging for teachers to read.   The scenarios with each concept appropriately illustrate the concept and allow readers to apply the concept to classroom situations.  It is necessary to have these scenarios with preschool becoming more academic since readers may not see or read about appropriate practices.   Family connections were a good addition and will provide resources to the readers  The related books provided readers with appropriate examples of books that children lover to hear over and over again.  The tables provided the reader with easily read explanations .  When the table was differentiated into two ages, it will be very appropriate content for readers who serve both 3's and 4's in the same room.   ”

Debbie Vera
Associate Professor Texas A&M University


“Growing Up in Stages provides the early childhood educator with practical, hands-on learning experiences that can be easily implemented in the classroom. Whether you are a new teacher or just looking to expand your knowledge base, Susan Miller provides you with a wealthy of developmentally appropriate activities to add to your collection and the best part is that each book is based on an area of development that can be integrated into all areas of the classroom.”

Tracey Keyes
Professor, Kutztown University



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