5 Years

Developmental Milestones 

  • Understands right, wrong, fair, and unfair. 
  • Can recognize simple words and may even be reading. 
  • Can name four or five colors. 
  • Has a vocabulary of 6- to 8-word sentences. 
  • Can tell a simple story. 
  • Understands games have rules. 
  • Can skip, walk on tiptoes, and jump forward. 
  • Throws a ball overhand. 
  • Can cut with scissors and use glue. 
  • Can dress and undress without supervision. 

Parenting Tips 

  • Listen to and show respect for your child. 
  • Continue reading to your child or read together. 
  • Color, paint, do crafts, and play board games with your child. 
  • Enhance your child’s experience with trips to parks, libraries, zoos, and other points of interest. 
  • Begin age-appropriate chores, such as sorting laundry, setting the table, and cleaning the bedroom. 
  • Always show affection. 
  • Build self-esteem by allowing your child to solve problems. 
  • Encourage your child while working on a task. 


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