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History and Time Intervals

Time Is on My Side: Ways You Can Teach Your Child about Time

Time is an abstract concept, and it takes a while for children to truly understand it. But, as a preschooler, your child is beginning to make sense of different time words. If you have a daily routine, he'll especially be able to understand the idea of "before" and "after." He might say, "After breakfast, we get dressed," or "Before bed, I brush my teeth." He may also understand the difference between something that takes a long time or a short time or something that happened first vs. last. More advanced ideas, such as "tomorrow," "last week," or "Tuesday," may be a little trickier for him at this stage. Sometimes children make the connection that watches and clocks are related to time. If your child does, you may see this become part of his play, even if he can't really tell time!

Has your child achieved the following History and Time Intervals developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.