3YRS TO 5YRS
The preschool child eagerly pursues autonomy; they are ready to develop large muscle skills like jumping and skipping and small motor skills like pinching and grasping pencils and scissors. The pre-school child is happy with their increased ability to communicate with adults as well as their peers. They have a great need to learn and are constantly asking questions. Children at this age are beginning to learn cooperative play and sharing with others. The 3 to 5-year-old child is becoming more and more independent and self-reliant. It is our goal at Preston Kiddie Kollege to provide opportunities for the pre-school child to:
- Use both large and small muscles
- Increase and expand their language
- Help them discover the answers to their many questions
- Play cooperative games
- Gain self-help skills
We will work closely with your preschooler through these typical preschool development phases, easing the frustration of some of these milestones and encouraging the growth of others.
- Want to be included in everything.
- Begin to understand concepts like taking turns and sharing, but often are unwilling to act on their understanding.
- Test language and social skills by arguing with adults and other children.
- Need opportunities for pretend and dramatic play, especially those that explore
- sex-role differences in everyday life.
- Need help distinguishing real from imaginary especially with television, movie and video characters and events.
- Respond well to choices rather than commands or open-ended requests.
- Have special friends, but best friends may change frequently.
- Develop imaginary companions.
- Speak in complex sentences. Enjoy stories with elements of humor, fantasy and exotic places and animals.
- Able follow three-part directions, understand more than 1,000 words and speak between 800 and 900 words.
- Talk about past and future happenings but often confuse the meanings of tomorrow and yesterday. Reproduce the forms of some letters and associate the related sounds.
- Recognize several printed words.
- Continue to explore independence, frequently do things for themselves but need reassurance of a trusted adult nearby. Demonstrate their autonomy by expressing opinions and ideas.
- Delay gratification - for a short time - by waiting to have their needs met.
- Show concern for others (empathy), especially for younger children who are hurt.
- Identify emotional pain - when a pet dies, parents' divorce or a friend moves away - and need help labeling, understanding and controlling feelings of abandonment and injustice.
- Feel stress, defined as a mental or physical response to strains or daily hassles that result from injury, illness and fear of failure, disaster, blended families or abuse.
- Follow the sequence and story line of age appropriate books and stories.
- Base their judgments on how some thing looks at the moment.
- Have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality.
- Draw circles, squares and letter forms.
- Understand basic shapes and can point to them in the environment.
- Count objects out loud - sometimes with accuracy
- Sort object by characteristics such as color, shape and size.
- Adept with picture puzzles of 10 to 40 pieces.
- Enjoy words, nonsense language, riddles and rhymes.
- Have a vocabulary of up to 2,000 words and use sentences averaging six words.
"We play to learn and learn to play"