In the span of early childhood, turning five is a huge milestone. Five usually means the end of the preschool years and the beginning of kindergarten. Five means joining the ranks of the "big kids" (most of the time). Five means entering a wider world full of new teachers and friends.
Before our five-year-olds head off to their new adventures in new schools, we want them to know how to mind a number of basic manners. We've been inculcating these habits of consideration and politeness since the early days, and we hope our (still) little ones will remember to:
It's a lot to remember, but we think they can do it. They're five!
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