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preschoolstorycolor Between the ages of five and six, children will...

Copy adult behaviors and seek adult approval.
(Say and do things you want your child to imitate, and avoid the opposite!)

Have seemingly boundless energy.
(Use this energy to infuse his day with songs, counting, and chants.)

Love a mealtime full of conversation.
(Give him plenty of time to recount his day and share his stories.)

Learn early reading and writing skills.
(Encourage and praise "trying" without judging. Discouragement is a reading pitfall!)

Learn to manage their emotions and recognize how othres feel.
(Talk about feelings, yours and his. Read books that explore emotional situations.)

Begin using fingers with flexibility and control.
(Writing, drawing, painting, using tools... a great way to keep him interested!)

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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