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The value of play to literacy and numeracy

Children may learn to recognise letters and numbers by repetition and copying, but exploring their world through play where a stick represents a horse or a plate is a hat, forms foundations for abstract thinking in literacy, maths and problem solving.

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Effective ways to build positive behaviour

Dr Susan Krieg says parents need to pay as much attention to the behaviours they want to encourage in young children as problem behaviours. Rather than ‘managing’ young children’s behaviour, she says parents should focus 'catching them being good'.

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Supporting curious and creative children

One of the most important ideas for us as parents, grandparents and carers to grasp is that curiosity, creativity and compassion can be learned. It is not simply a matter that children are born ‘curious’ or ‘creative’. They learn these ways of being.

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Why talking to your baby or child matters

The world of the young child is exciting. Research tells us the importance of early communication and the need for children to experiment with sounds, babbling, making noises, learning vocabulary, and communicating from as early an age as possible.

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Growing up with a special needs sibling

Being raised with a brother or sister with significant disabilities can bring benefits including opportunities to learn resilience and empathy at a very young age. However, it also brings with it some challenges for both the children and the parents.

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When fear and anxiety drives parenting

It’s not unusual for parents to feel anxious from time to time. What are the signs you may have become overly anxious or fearful and what can you do to help yourself and your child? Psychologist Dr Judith Locke provides helpful parenting suggestions.

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Helping a child deal with disappointment

As a parent you hate to see your child disappointed, but navigating disappointment is something everybody must do in life. Dr Elizabeth Westrupp says it’s important to recognise that all emotions are vital, even the ones that make children feel unhappy.

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When is it okay to lie to your children?

For some families, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy are what little dreams are made of, but for some parents the thought of tinsel, over-priced baby teeth and cavity inducing chocolate eggs are perpetuating myths that mislead children.

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