Mental Characteristics

These kids are curious and eager to learn. However they are literal-minded. They enjoy stories. Their attention span is sustained when they are actively involved. Listening experiences need to include related pictures and objects.


These have discovered they can put thoughts and ideas into words; and people will listen. Often they need assistance in distinguishing between reality and imagination. They have a limited comprehension of time and space.

For how long can a 4 or a 5-year old listen to you teaching a story? How can you prolong his attention span?