Children at this age are becoming more aware of differences between people. Sometimes they say things such as “that lady has a big stomach – is she having a baby?” which can embarrass you as a parent. This is why it is important to teach your child that people look different and this is normal.
Reading your child stories or exposing them to opportunities where they can see different types of people helps your child learn about different ethnic backgrounds, shapes and sizes of people, helping them to learn to be respectful.
Getting ready for school
- Children like routines so they know what to expect and when to expect it
- Routines help both children and parents prepare for the day
- Practice your new school routine before school starts
- Stop daytime naps before school starts and make bedtime a little earlier
- Prepare clothes, lunches and anything else the night before
- Use a bulletin board to keep reminders of different school events and activities
- Be patient, some days will run more smoothly than others
The “Witching Hour”
Parents often say that the most frustrating time in the day is between 4 and 6 p.m. Everyone is tired, hungry and patience is sometimes left at the door. Try these helpful tips to make it through this time.
- Have a nutritious snack ready for after school.
- Talk to your child about their day.
- Ask your child to help prepare dinner or set the table. They will feel involved and important.
- Make meal time a priority.
As your child grows and learns in school, their understanding and use of words and language skills become more complex.
You will notice your child can express their feelings more and will want to share ideas and tell stories in a more animated way, showing off their personality.
Ensure you are always talking with your child about their day and if you are worried something isn’t going well at school, talk to the teacher right away. If you have questions or concerns about how your child is talking compared to other children the same age, visit the website for tykeTALK.
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Is your child ready for school? Learn more about the local school boards on their websites:
Learn more about:
- Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS)
If you have questions about your child’s development and whether she is reaching her milestones, visit the NDDS website to access screening tools for 5 and 6 year olds.
- Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre (OECYC)
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health or would like to speak to someone about serious family difficulties (including anxiety, emotion regulation issues, attachment disorders, poor peer relationships, school adaptation, sleep issues, aggression or tantrums) visit the OECYC website for information about their programs and services.
- Circle of Security
The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to help strengthen the attachment security between parents and children. Building a healthy relationship is so important. If you are interested in learning more about healthy attachment, visit the Circle of Security website.
Information has been adapted from the Let’s Grow Newsletters.