Life at 5 : Great Expectations

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  • A good start to school depends on three fundamental gifts: the ability to communicate effectively, a talent for fitting in well with others, and an ambition to learn. This program tracks the challenges, setbacks, and successes in the lives of a half-dozen five-year-olds as they prepare for the world of organized education. When it comes to school readiness, why is Ben, the smallest of quintuplets, lagging behind? Can science explain why Decklan is such an engaging chatterbox? Will school be too much for unpredictable Jara'na? And how will a range of factors - such as the role of higher education in Haleema's family, Sofia's apprehension about seeing her father in the hospital, or Anastasija's attitude towards authority - impact the learning potential with which these children are blessed?


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 22, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Introduction to: Life at 5: Resilience (1:11) -- The 21st Century Child Starts School (2:43) -- Ben (4:08) -- Vocabulary (2:47) -- Haleema (5:27) -- School Readiness (0:24) -- Jara'na (5:22) -- Anastasija (2:52) -- Siblings and Negotiation (3:16) -- Lying is a Learned Social Cognitive Skill (3:56) -- A Child's Persistent Temperament (1:24) -- Sofia (5:43) -- Building a self-identity through Familial Relationships. (1:48) -- Decklan (3:05) -- Personality Differences (3:34) -- School Readiness as a Predictor of Success (3:54) -- Credits: Life at 5: Great Expectations (1:15)
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