Five-year-olds get it. They understand the logic behind cause and effect. If the dog runs into the street, he could encounter danger. They’ve learned the hard way when Mom says don’t touch something because it’s hot, the best thing to do is withdraw your hand. They know, they get it. Below are three books that entertain as well as teach for 5-year-olds.
Learning to Listen – book for 5-year-olds. The books above teach different kinds of lessons. Kevin doesn’t follow his father’s instructions and the family’s pet chimpanzee ends up on the U.S. Space Shuttle heading into out space. Children learn the importance of following instructions and taking responsibility for their pet.
Conflict Resolution for 5-year-olds. The second book teaches children conflict resolution. The jungle is hot, the animals are thirsty and there is only one small water hole. This story is about how the animal resolves their conflict and EVERYONE gets to drink from the waterhole.
An inspirational book for 5-year-olds. Rego, an Alaskan Huskie is born with one leg slightly shorter than the other. Rego wants to pull the dog-sled like his six older brothers, but can’t. He is given the job of protecting the house while his master and his brothers are out delivering the mail. One day a stranger shows up and Rego frightens the stranger off. Rego’s master and his older brothers are proud of him and Rego learns his job is just as important as his brother’s job.
Children learn from children’s stories. Stories are not only entertaining, but help makes sense out of complex situations children don’t fully understand. Their little minds anticipate the next event in the story and to fully appreciate the story they must employ cognitive skills which include listening, reasoning, memory and organizing their thoughts. These kid’s books serve as educational entertainment and help to build social and listening skills.
Stories that teach lessons are seriously important and can be used to enforce lessons you want your child to remember. More importantly, when a child understands why a rule is a rule, it becomes much easier for the child to accept and obey the rule.
An explanation for why you want your young child to do something, or not do something, will go a long way in helping the child to comply. When the lesson is incorporated into a story, this helps the child to understand even more.
Many parents don’t subscribe to this line of thought. They give their child an order and expect it to be carried out, regardless if the child understands why or not, and this is okay up to a point.