- 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.
- Build their knowledge about the world around them by taking them on errands and having them help you. There are lots of aspects of errands that involve literacy, math and science.