Year (5-6)

Choose your baby’s month

AT 54 MONTH

  • Now your child
  • Starts to understand for example, that there are different
    birds in an overall category of birds, but all are known as birds.
  • Solves an 8 – 10 piece puzzle using the new skills of categorization
    and figuring out what fits where.
  • Begins to develop a sense of symmetry.
  • Holds the book right side up while reading and also begins at the front.
  • Able to count from her/his memory fairly confidently.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child has trouble in counting a few objects from memory or
    remembering things you just told her/him in a picture book, etc.

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  • Now your child
  • Understands the power of communication and interaction.
  • Uses words to express a need such as water to drink.
  • Starts contributing to classroom responsibility such as picking up trash, watering plants, etc.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child continues to resort to hitting and biting which could
    signal a deeper behavioural problem.

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  • Now your child
  • Takes turns in a conversation.
  • Tracks vocal changes in inflection. For example, when someone else is reading to him,
    he will be able to understand ups and downs in the voice and expression as the story proceeds.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child has trouble in conversing and understanding the vocal expressions.

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    • Now your child
    • Becomes an expert at catching a bounced ball and does it with remarkable efficiency.
    • Grasps a marker between the thumb and the index finger while the rest of
      the fingers are secured against the palm.
    • Develops fine motor skills.
    • When to be concerned
    • If the child has trouble in grasping things.
    • If the child does not speak clearly enough to be understood by other people.
    • If the child does not take an interest in other children and what is happening around her/him.

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Parent’s role
Talk with your child about what s/he does and where s/he has been. Listen with interest when s/he talks to you and participate in the conversation.
Tell stories to your child about your childhood.
Play games for sorting objects such as sort your spare buttons into shapes and colours.
Give your child some opportunities to learn to ride a 3-wheeled bike or 2-wheeled bike with trainer wheels.
Make opportunities for outdoor physical activity such as walks in the park, ball games, visiting playgrounds.
Provide materials for painting and drawing.
Praise and encourage your child when s/he considers others or plays well with others.

AT 60 MONTH

  • Now your child
  • Becomes smarter and asks questions about future events.
  • Learns and sings simple songs.
  • Willingly participates in -and follows the rules of- sporting activities.
  • Becomes a creative master-manipulator as s/he can move and change the position of objects by using one hand.
  • Becomes better at conflict resolution and negotiates solutions during conflict.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child faces difficulties with multi-tasking and sequencing.
  • If the child has decreased processing speed.

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  • Now your child
  • Has become super confident, both at home and school.
  • Wants to make her/his own choices all by herself such as, deciding what to wear, where to go, and even choosing activities without her/his teacher’s help.
  • Feels tremendous self-esteem, feels good about her/him, and takes due pride in her/his accomplishments.
  • Begins to understand and respect the property of other.
  • Experiences negative feelings, like jealousy.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child bangs, slams objects and damages property.
  • If the child is anxious or fearful, has extreme shyness; is easily agitated.
  • If the child insisting on following routines and sameness, resisting change.

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  • Now your child
  • Moves from referring to her/himself in the third person to referring to herself/ himself in the first person.
  • Recognizes her/his first name in print.
  • Her/his writing skills are improving; your child will now be able to hold a pencil in an adult grip and write.
  • When to be concerned
  • If the child blurts out answers before hearing the whole question.
  • If the child talks incessantly when not supposed to talk.

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    • Now your child
    • Is able to hop and do somersaults.
    • Is able to consistently use one hand to perform fine motor tasks.
    • Is not far behind in the use of technology and s/he will be able to meaningfully browse the smart phone or tablet.
    • When to be concerned
    • If the child attempts to climb too high when not appropriate.

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Parent’s role
You can now ask the child to be responsible for some tasks; this will give her/him the confidence and flexibility to deal with situations when things do not go according to the plan.
Encourage kids to bring dirty dishes into the kitchen after every meal. You can even ask s/he to pack her/his own school lunch; this will make her/him feel empowered by getting to pick what to eat.