I am no child psychologist, but working with the same group of 3-5 year olds for two summers in a row, I know a LOT about kids.
Thier imaginations are incredible. They need to prove themselves. They want independence. All the usual cliches about pre-schoolers. But the way they communicate is astonishing. They can’t text, tweet, post or make comments on people’s timelines. They tell you how it is; plain and simple.
If someone isn’t sharing, they tell the other kid right to their face. If a girl doesn’t like another girl, she will say it right to her face. They invite their friends they like to their birthday parties at lunch, while uninviting others. Their communication is raw. There’s no sarcasm, insults, or cynicism. Kids get their point across right from the start. They sell themselves in the matter of seconds when they introduce themselves. You’ll find them interacting with anyone. There’s no judging or profiling. Everyone is a kid; a kid that wants to have fun at camp.
What is also apparent with children at this age is their leadership. They will do anything to show that. Counselors, like myself, will watch a group of 30 kids and in the matter of seconds, you can pick out the leader and the followers. It amazes me how the leader communicates with the followers because it is not through bossing around or yelling out orders. They just have a way of communication that speaks to the other kids and lets them know that is what they should listen to.
This is what interests me. How people communicate. Kids around the ages of 3-5, have their own specific way of doing so and I am a perfect witness to it.