Milestones of Development 5 Years

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Area of Development Skill Level  
Eyes Apr to be far-sighted  
Eyes Scans  
Eyes Sensory-motor equipment usually not ready for reading  
Hands Can handle tools that are geared to his size  
Hands Handedness established  
Hands Left-right identity  
Hands Rips, tears, pastes  
Hands Small muscles not so fully developed as large ones  
Hands Tie knots in string  
Hands Uses tools, pencils, scissors, but may need help  
Hands Writes  
Hands/Eyes Copy triangle  
Hands/Eyes Cuts, pastes and draws pictures  
Hands/Eyes Eye-hand coordination improving, but still poor  
Body Movements Activity has definite direction  
Body Movements Good general motor control  
Body Movements Handles sled and trike well  
Body Movements Hops and skips  
Body Movements Need equipment for exercising large muscles  
Body Movements Needs lots of activity-ladders, jumps rope, swings, balls  
Body Movements Needs opportunity for plenty of activity  
Body Movements Activity level high  
Talking/Communication Average number of words is 2,072  
Talking/Communication Generalizes; categorizes, creates broad subjects, groups numbers  
Talking/Communication Little infant articulation  
Talking/Communication Uses 5-6 word sentences  
Talking/Communication Uses language well  
Dressing Can wash and dress by himself, but may need occasional help  
Dressing Dresses and undresses himself  
Feeding/Eating Can eat by himself, but may need occasional help  
Toileting Can go to the toilet by himself, but may need occasional help  
Auditory Rhythm and tonality established  
Auditory Sound recognition  
Visual Sight recognition  
Attachment Significant social relations center around basic family, neighborhood and school  
Emotional Can delay gratification  
Emotional Dream vs. Reality  
Emotional Eager and able to carry some responsibility  
Emotional Enjoys sex roles and gender identification  
Emotional Feels remorse and guilt  
Emotional Goes overboard with rules  
Emotional Individuality & lasting traits beginning to be apparent  
Emotional Industrious, but still anxious  
Emotional Interested in group activity  
Emotional Is a tattletale  
Emotional Is not a good group member  
Emotional Is proud of his belongings and clothes  
Emotional Jealous of same sex  
Emotional Likes to do things "right"; obeys rules  
Emotional Makes up rules  
Emotional May still have fear of wild animals or the dark  
Emotional Need kindergarten experience if possible  
Emotional Needs adult supervision  
Emotional Needs background training in group effort, sharing and good work habits  
Emotional Needs rest periods  
Emotional Needs to save face  
Emotional Needs wise guidance  
Emotional Noisy and vigorous  
Emotional Purposeful and constructive  
Emotional Relates to self and others; social sharing  
Emotional Seems to need supervision & direction  
Emotional Sense of justice  
Emotional Shows tension by thumbsucking, throat clearing and eye blinking  
Emotional Still egocentric; self-directed rather than other-directed  
Emotional/Attachment Home-centered  
Emotional/Attachment Like to help either parent  
Emotional/Attachment Needs assurance that he is loved & valued  
Emotional/Attachment Needs opportunity to learn things for himself, freedom to use & develop own powers  
Emotional/Attachment Stable, good balance between self-sufficiency and sociability  
Emotional/Attachment Thrives on praise  
Emotional/Imitation Enjoys talking to adults  
Emotional/Imitation Needs opportunity to learn about his world by seeing and doing things  
Emotional/Temperament Beginning to be capable of self-criticism  
Imitation Imitates parents  
Imitation Imitates; copies  
Imitation Problem-solving achievement  
Imitation Wants a model to copy  
Temperament Hits and pushes  
Temperament Is pleasant and cheerful with adults  
Temperament Plays games with rules  
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