Goals for 2-3 year olds

Social and Emotional Skills

Identifies basic feelings such as happy, mad, sad, scared, etc.

✔ Shows concern for friends

✔ Accepts and responds to teacher’s suggestions and authority

✔ Enjoys company of friends

✔ Begins engaging in cooperative play

✔ Shows interest in group activities

✔ Show increasing independence with activities when appropriate

Self Reliance Skills

✔ Able to identify name, age, sex

✔ Able to identify basic body parts

✔ Shows increasing independence with putting toys and supplies away

✔ Becomes independent with using the bathroom, putting on coat, shoes, etc.

Language Skills

✔ Listens quietly to stories read aloud

✔ Begins to follow a sequence of 2-3 simple directions

✔ Responds to a story by recalling basic details


✔ Verbalizes wants and needs

✔ Effectively communicates using longer more complete sentences

✔ Begins taking turns speaking during group activities such as circle time

✔ Begins using pronouns such as I, you, me, he, and she

✔ Shows an increase in vocabulary


✔ Begins showing an increasing awareness of environmental print such as names of friends, center signs, etc

✔ Shows an interest in books and understanding that books can be read

✔ Begins exploring directional and positional words such as in, out, over, under, on, off, top, bottom, in front of, in back of

✔ Begins exploring opposites such as up/down; open/closed; stop/go; happy/sad; slow/fast; hot/cold

✔ Recites ABC’s and begins recognizing some letters and sounds

✔ Begins identifying letters in own name

Fine Motor Skills

✔ Begins coloring with crayons

✔ Paints with large paint brush

✔ Plays with play dough

✔ Draws a horizontal and begins a circle

✔ Applies glue

✔ Strings large beads

✔ Builds a tower of four or more blocks

✔ Begins exploring with scissors

Gross Motor Skills

✔ Throws a large ball forward and begins catching a large ball

✔ Jumps on two feet in place

✔ Kicks a ball forward

✔ Hops on one foot

Math and Science Skills

✔ Names and identifies basic shapes such as circle, triangle, square, and rectangle

✔ Identifies basic colors

✔ Sorts objects according to basic colors

✔ Rote counts to 10

✔ Identifies numbers 1-10

✔ Begins to display 1:1 correspondence

✔ Identifies number of objects without counting (up to three objects)

✔ Explores creating patterns

✔ Begins to understand basic physical properties such as hard, soft, hot, cold, wet and dry

✔ Begins to compare and contrast according to physical properties

✔ Begins to observe and describe characteristics of living things

Social Studies Skills

✔ Names family members

✔ Begins to recognize similarities and differences in people

✔ Explores how people rely on others for goods and services

✔ Explores various “helpers” in the community

✔ Learns basic rules and how to follow them

✔ Explores celebrated holidays and special days in the community