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From Home to School: The Promises and Pitfalls of the Preschool Years

Toddlers entering the preschool years are growing and learning at a fast pace—they are excited and challenged by the new world they're discovering. Along with physical changes, the toddler's ways of thinking and interacting is also changing. Preschoolers have a lot to say; they talk a great deal and curiosity leads them to ask many questions. During the fourth and fifth year, they become more independent, more self-reliant, more socially-adept children who are aware of themselves as part of an expanding social circle of relatives and friends, and now peers at preschool.

However, these abilities are still in the process of developing and preschoolers appear steadier than they really are. Their behavior can give way to unpredictable emotional reactions. As they try different roles and different ways to fit into the world they learn that the rules of behavior differ in various situations. They may test limits and react negatively at times. Toward the end of this stage of development they will have better control of their emotions and behavior.

Listed below are a few articles relating to the physical, emotional, and developmental growth of preschool-aged children.

The Preschool Years (Ages Four and Five): Expectations and Challenges

Early Childhood Development: The First Five Years

Get Ready, Get Set, Go—To Kindergarten

Promoting Friendships for Preschool Children with Special Needs

Transition Points: Helping Students Start, Change, and Move Through the Grades

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Working As A Team