- Rooms 10 and 12 are full of our pre-kindergarten children who are turning 5.
- This age begins to be more socially and peer focused and less interested in adults.
- They become very independent in taking care of themselves and steering their learning.
- They choose the topics they want to study and are often working together in small groups on projects.
- There is always lots of conversation and talking over each other as they are very interested in what they have to say and share.
- 5 year-olds are developing great senses of humor and enjoy jokes and silly stories. They are a delight to work with!
You will see:
- 3 tables of activities that could include activities like drawing and scribing stories, journaling, math manipulatives and free art.
- The big rug may have building blocks, K’Nex, Legos and 100-piece puzzles.
- Teachers read stories, use the iPads and MacBook Airs to answer the children’s challenging questions and graph their answers.
- Lots of social interactions and conversation.
Developmental Milestones Adapted from From WebMD
Most children this age begin to
- Develop greater independence, self-control, and creativity.
- Be content to play with their toys for longer periods of time,
- Be eager to try new things, and when they get frustrated, are better able to express their emotions verbally.
Language and Cognitive Milestones
Your child will:
- Speak clearly using more complex sentences
- Make 6-8 exchanges in a conversation
- Enjoy singing, rhyming, making up words, riddles and jokes
- Understand the basics of addition and subtraction
- Recognize all uppercase letters and write his or her full name
- Have a greater attention span for chapter books and performances.
- Follow 3-part commands. For example, “Put your book away, brush your teeth, and then get into bed.”
- Recognize familiar word signs, such as “STOP” “EXIT”, “STARBUCKS”
- Know his or her address and phone number, when taught
Movement Milestones and Hand and Finger Skills
Your child will:
- Dress and undress, brush teeth and take care of other personal needs without much help.
- Walk up and down stairs alternating feet without help
- Draw a person with a body and detailed body parts
- Run, hop, throw and kick balls, climb, and swing with ease.
- Use a fork and spoon easily
- Love to balance and challenge themselves outdoors
Emotional and Social Development
Your child will:
- Ask lots of why and how questions; be a curious scientist and explorer
- Enjoy playing happily with others and pleasing his or her friends.
- Share and take turns, at least most of the time, and understand rules of games.
- Enjoy, understand and obey rules; learn and remember routines and become more independent. Seek to please adults.
- Express emotions verbally, rather than physically (most of the time)
- Recognize other people’s emotions and respond to them
How you can help
- Follow your child’s interests: answer questions, explore topics, take books out of the library with their card; go places with them.
- Read, read, read, read – point out letters, words, numbers, colors, shapes; use books to spark conversations and explorations
- Challenge their problem-solving skills with puzzles, riddles, and games.
- Allow them plenty of time with peers to strengthen the social skills they will need from Kindergarten on out.