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The Preschooler

 

 

Curriculum for this stage should emphasize language, activity, and movement, with major emphasis on large muscle development. Appropriate activities include dramatic play, puzzles, blocks, and opportunities to talk and listen to stories.

 

These children enjoy a greater variety of experiences and more small motor activities such as cutting, writing, art, manipulatives, and cooking. They are more able to concentrate and remember information. They are learning to combine ideas into more complex thoughts, make meaningful connections and have growing memory capacity.

 

The environment for these children should be print-rich, that stimulates the development of language and literacy skills. Stories should be read on a daily basis, as well as the opportunities for phonics practice, written activities and invented spelling.

 

This is the stage that your child begins to understand consequences, and becomes more aware of other peoples’ feelings thus developing more friendships and playing cooperatively with others.