How They Grow Emotionally in Kindergarten
Your child 5 year old child will experience enormous physical and emotional growth this year. We focus on the physical because we can measure it and see it but we cannot measure the emotional growth of a 5 year old as easily. You’ll have to make observations about the emotional growth as it matures during this school year. The American School Counselor Association published the following about Kindergartners:
Where They Are:
The average five-year-old is enthusiastic, helpful, and conforming. He:
- Attempts only things he knows he can do.
- Needs attention, affection, and praise.
- Is energetic and fidgety.
- Has a short attention span.
- May show opposite extremes of behavior.
- May become less well-behaved as the school year progresses.
Where they’re Going:
At five years old, your child is learning to understand herself. You can help by encouraging her as she:
- Develops a positive, realistic self-image.
- Learns to respect herself.
- Begins to understand her own uniqueness.
- Gains awareness of her feelings.
- Learns to express feelings.
- Learns how to participate in groups.
- Begins to learn from her mistakes.