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preschoolstorycolorBetween the ages of four and five, a child will...

Have an insatiable curiosity and ask innumerable questions.
(Explore the library in search of answers, choose topics that are varied & exciting)

Learn to enter into play activities with others.
(Encourage her to join a group of girls already playing together, model cooperation)

Have a strong interest in language, especially silly words and sounds.
(Make up rhymes and songs together, & use different voices when reading aloud)

Begin to understand their own emotions (and those of others).
(Read stories together about emotions, encourage emotional-talking)

Want to learn about writing and drawing.
(Encourage exploration without "pushing" academics. Play is learning!)

Web Resources for Additional Information

Michigan's Great Start for Kids
Family Fundamentals Learning Activities
Resources for Families Helping Children Learn Math
PBS Parents: The Child Development Tracker
Online Foster-Parent Training Guide: Development

Recommended reading:
Our Favorites for Fours and Fives preschoolstorycolor
Starting School

preschoolbrochurepic Reading Readiness for Preschoolers


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