Children between the ages of 5 to 6 years (Kindergarten to Grade 1) are constantly learning to engage all the five senses through fun games and activities. During this age progress of the child is very rapid in all areas of development; physical, socio-emotional and cognitive.
Where Kindergarten children are just learning basic skills to identify alphabets, interacting with play mates and expressing feeling and emotions through words; Grade 1 children are learning to write and comprehend what they are reading, and start forming long term bonds and relationships with friends.
Children this age are growing at a very rapid age and are very responsive to their environment hence there is an overall growth in the child.
Here is a list of what you can expect out of your child if he/she is in grades K-1:
On the Intellectual or cognitive front
· Children develop an understanding of language and attempt to convey their emotions and experiences in words.
· They express a lot, for example they may describe an object by its use or where they have seen it or even a situation or event with details of what they have observed.
· They start to understand the concept of ‘funny’ and begin to develop a sense of humour.
· Children this age are very curious and want to know everything. At this age children are eager to learn new thing. They ask questions on nearly everything they see which should be encouraged.
· Children start developing communication skills to interact with peers in small groups.
· They are unable to conceptualise ideas of the future and the past but they are very happy in the present.
On the Socio-Emotional front
· They enjoy playing with different objects, equipment and develop new concepts for games.
· They are easily frightened by things they do not understand or are strange to them.
· They are eager shouldering responsibility they can handle and when they do a good job at it they love the attention and praise they receive by adults.
· They favour playing in small groups and learn to co-operate with others in a team. Occasionally they do display selfish behaviour.
· They keen to identify with older siblings and other children.
On the Physical Front
· Children enjoy playing, and love experimenting with different types of games.
· This physical activity helps them develop and learn to co-ordinate their entire body.
· With a lot of physical activity children this age also need ample rest.