These children are full of curiosity and energy! Running, jumping, climbing, riding toys, throwing and kicking balls are evidences that large muscle development and coordination skills are progressing, Art paper tearing, drawing, lacing, coloring, modeling clay activities, blocks and puzzles, emptying and filling containers are activities these children love to do as their small muscle coordination skills develop.
A lively imagination makes children this age a delight to be with as they develop reading readiness skills, increase their vocabulary, and expand their creativity and logical thinking.
Children are developing reasoning and problem solving skills and begin working out problems mentally rather than by trial and error. They need opportunities and encouragement to do things for themselves and to work out problems independently.
Teachers of this age group remember to bend, kneel, or sit down in order to establish eye contact when talking to the children. Speaking clearly with simple, positive statements, and allowing them to process the language and respond promotes their understanding of rules or consequences of behavior. Opportunities for creative expressing, sharing, and taking turns promote good cognitive/language and social/emotional growth.