Growth Milestones – FIVE YEARS
I have always kept track of my children’s milestones, it didnt matter if everything wasnt perfect but it gives me an idea of where they should be at certain ages. I use the Growth Milestones from Kidsgrowth.com.
Lorelai turned 5 in January and here is what she is expected to do by age 5 and what she can actually do.
School Readiness (requirements according to the website, I have scratched out what she cant do)
- Good physical health, can see and hear well and visits the doctor and dentist regularly.
- Has self-care skills (dressing, feeding, washing, manages bathroom needs). check
- Follows directions and rules. Pays attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks.
- Able to work independently for short periods.
- Tolerates frustration and failure.
- Knows his or her full name as well as the name of his or her parents.
- Easily makes changes and accepts adult supervision and help.
- Able to play in small groups with other children.
- Begins to share with others.
Listens to stories without interrupting.
- Recognizes rhyming sounds.
- Speaks clearly with age-appropriate language skills;Talks in complete sentences of five to six words.
- Understands that actions have both causes and effects.
- Shows understanding of general times of the day.
- Cuts with scissors.
- Holds crayon or marker; has a collection of paper, pencils, crayons.
- Separates from parents without being upset.
- Looks at pictures and then tells stories.
- Is able to recognize authority.
some alphabet lettersand most colors.
- Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers.
- Begins to control himself or herself.
- Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four and five objects.
- Sorts similar objects by color, size and shape.
Recognizes some common sight words like “stop.”
- Counts to 10.
- Uses words like bigger, smaller or heaviest to show comparison.
- Rides a tricycle.
- Draws a picture of herself or himself including head, body, arms and legs.
- Knows her or his body parts.
- Understands concepts such as: in, out, under, on, off, front and back.
- Follows through when you give him or her one or two directions.
- Attempts to write his or her name.
Development (requirements according to the website, I have scratched out what she cant do)
- Skips, can walk on tiptoes and jumps forward.
- Throws a ball overhand.
- Washes and dries hands and brushes teeth unassisted.
- Can cut and paste.
- Can name four or five colors.
- Can state his or her age.
- Has a vocabulary of six to eight word sentences.
- Can tell a simple story.
- Can dress and undress without supervision.
his or her own phone number, address andseveral nursery rhymes.
- Can copy a triangle from a picture.
- Draws a person with a head, body, arms and legs.
- Understands right and wrong, fair and unfair.
- Understands games that have rules.
- Engages in make-believe and dress-up play, in which your child may assume a specific role (“mommy or daddy”).
What I can do as a parent at this age (requirements according to the website)
- Listen to and show respect for your child.
- Continue reading to your child or read together. Get a library card and use it regularly. Ask the librarian to pick out age appropriate books.
- By the end of this year many 5-year-olds can recognize simple words and may even be reading. Praise your child’s progress.
- Children this age show concern for each other so parents should encourage diversity, respect and tolerance.
- The 5-year-old enjoys crafts, coloring and painting. He or she may also begin enjoying simple board games (like “Candyland,” etc.).
- It is not unusual to have occasional accidents at night and during play. Be understanding and do not make a big deal out of it. However, if it happens frequently, it would be a good idea to discuss the matter with the child’s doctor.
- Enhance your 5-year-old’s experience with trips to parks, libraries, zoos and other points of interest.
- Teach your child the difference between right and wrong.
- Begin age appropriate chores.
- Always show affection.
- A 5-year-old is usually imaginative and has lots of energy. Be sure to praise children. Building self-esteem is very important at this age. Give your child encouragement and praise not only for completing a task but also while working on the task. Avoid physical punishment – it only promotes fear and guilt and teaches the child that violence is acceptable in certain situations. Instead, send the child to a quiet, boring place without anything to do for five minutes as a form of discipline.
It is very interesting to research these things.