Your child may be attending school, but they’re learning so much more than number and letters. Social and emotional skills are just as important.
Learning to Play With Others
Your child should enjoy playing with other kids and may even have a best friend. Try to encourage a variety of play activities from arts and crafts and imaginary play to organized sports and a visit to the park. Playing with other kids helps your child learn how to work with others and compromise when they can’t always have their way. There are some social skills they can only learn by playing with other children.
Developing Skills For a Lifetime
Your child’s executive function skills continue to develop. They’re learning to apply working memory to remember their morning routine for school each day and they’re using self-control to stay focused on activities at home and in school. Each of these skills will help them be successful later on during their school years.
Your child should be getting better at understanding the feelings of others which means they should be able to share toys more easily during playtime. They should be able to easily transition from playtime to dinner time or homework time without getting upset. This is called flexible thinking, and it is something your child will continue to develop into adulthood. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, make sure to bring them up to your healthcare provider.
Always Your Little Baby
Now that they are able to express their feelings and preferences better, you can discover if they have an interest in sports, painting, cooking, reading, etc. Every child is different and it is great to support what they like.
School is Starting
Your little one may be starting school or transitioning to full day school. Keep in mind these changes can be tough for your kiddo! Keeping a consistent routine will help them adjust. During this change they may need a little more support and encouragement from you.