Rooms 12 and 10 Snapshot

  • 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.
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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.