Coming Into Their Own

Church, Ellen Booth
June 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Jun-Aug2004, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p65
There is a strong desire in 5- and 6-year-olds to explore the world independently. At this stage, they have learned so many new linguistic, cognitive, and motor skills that they are emboldened to take the world by storm. This is a wonderful age, with both positive and challenging aspects of emerging independence. On the positive side, 5- and 6-year-olds are developing a stronger sense of self-confidence and identity. Children begin to truly see themselves as separate from their parents and to define their personality with broad strokes. They often develop an interest and style in dressing, playing with particular things and friends, and expressively speaking their mind.


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