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At Five Years, Your Child will Likely…

Physical Development:

  • Have mature motor control.
  • Be able to copy a square and a triangle.
  • Hop and skip.
  • Have good balance and smoother muscle action.
  • Be able to skate.
  • Ride wagon and scooter.
  • Print simple letters.
  • Have a dominant left or right handed.
  • Be able to tie his shoes.
  • Be able to dress and undress himself without much help.
  • Run, jump, hop, skip and climb with ease.

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Be able to have and keep friends.
  • Be aware of rivalries.
  • Have confidence in others.
  • Conform socially.
  • Be able to amuse himself alone and also play with others.
  • Be able to interpret, predict, and influence others.
  • Engage in highly cooperative play.
  • Be organized.
  • Enjoy simple table games requiring turns and observing rules.
  • Feel pride in accomplishments.
  • Be eager to carry out some responsibility.
  • Prefer to play with other children.
  • Become competitive.
  • Prefer sex-appropriate activities.
  • Feel responsibility and guilt.
  • Be self-assured, stable and well-adjusted.
  • Be home-centered.
  • Enjoy associating with his mother.
  • Be capable of some self-criticism.
  • Enjoy following rules.
  • Have more control of emotional reactions.
  • Enjoy the security of asking for parents permission.

Intellectual Development:

  • Tell long tales.
  • Carry out directions well.
  • Read his own name.
  • Count to 10.
  • Ask the meaning of words.
  • Know colors.
  • Begin to understand the difference between fact and fiction (lying.)
  • Have an interest in environment (city, stores, etc.)
  • Be able to follow three step directions.
  • Enjoy games and follow simple rules.
  • Name 3-6 colors.
  • Count to 3 (at least.)
  • Use many descriptive words spontaneously-both adjectives and adverbs.
  • Know common opposites: big-little, hard-soft, heavy-light, etc.
  • Be understandable when he speaks in spite of articulation problems.
  • Have all vowels and the consonants, m,p,b,h,w,k,g,t,d,n,ng,y.
  • Be able to repeat sentences as long as nine words.
  • Be able to define common objects like hat, shoe and chair in terms of how they are used.
  • Be able to follow three commands without interruptions.
  • Know his age.
  • Understand simple time concepts like morning, afternoon, night, day, later, after and while.
  • Understand tomorrow, yesterday, and today.
  • Be using fairly long sentences (including sentences made with two or more phrases.)
  • Use grammatically correct speech.
  • Relate a story.
  • Know over 2,000 words.

Delevopmental milestones associated with feeding:

  • Uses fork in preference to spoon.
  • Spreads with knife.
  • Cuts tender food with knife (may take up to seven years).

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  • Social & Emotional Developmentment
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Health & Physical Development
  • Language & Literacy Development
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts

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