Preschoolers

Preschoolers—children ages three to five—are learning many new skills. Their skills often make us think that they are more grown-up than they really are. But preschoolers do not see the world the way adults or older children do. They may think that “make-believe” is real. They may think their thoughts and wishes cause things to happen. And they have a hard time seeing things from someone else’s point of view.
Like younger children, your preschooler learns about the world through play. She needs to handle real objects to learn how things work. And although she often wants to do everything for herself, she still needs your help and guidance.

Learning Social Skills

Learning Social Skills During play, children explore new feelings, ideas and skills. They create make-believe stories and games. They are learning how to play with each other, how to relate to adults, and how to handle anger, aggression and fears.

Childhood Fears

It is normal for young children to be fearful at times. They may be afraid of strangers or of being away from you. They may be afraid of dogs, loud noises or the dark. They are more likely to develop fears when there is change or stress in their lives. Their fears may cause nightmares. Let your child know that it is natural to be afraid at times and that you will help keep her safe.

Preschoolers

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Many Preschoolers Think That ...

    • The sun follows them when they walk down the street.
    • Anything that moves is alive.
    • Objects, such as cars or toys, have feelings and desires.
    • Everything has a purpose.
    • Everything in the world is made by or for human beings.
    • Imaginary friends are real.
    • What they see on television is real.

Many Preschoolers Have These Qualities ...

    • Energy to explore, play and discover.
    • Joy at being able to do many things.
    • Pride in their independence.
    • A growing sense of right and wrong, guilt and shame.
    • A sense of themselves as good or bad, weak or strong, attractive or ugly.
    • Fear of the unknown.

Learning Social Skills

  • During play, children explore new feelings, ideas and skills. They create make-believe
    stories and games. They are learning how to play with each other, how to relate to adults, and how to handle anger, aggression and fears.

    Preschoolers
 
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