Did you watch the fascinating documentary Life at 5 last night on ABC1?. The third installment of the Life Series saw the eleven Aussie kids involvied in the longitudinal study now aged 5. Australia has already met these children and their families in Life at 1 and Life at 3. (If you missed these ones you can iview them over at the Life Series site.)
(Shine: at age 1, age 3 and age 5.)
Over two episodes, Life at 5 tracks our group of children against contemporary scientific discoveries and findings from two areas of child development: childhood resilience, and the factors which enhance school readiness. Life at 5 runs alongside Australia’s unique, federally-funded longitudinal study, ‘Growing Up In Australia‘, gaining exclusive access to a wealth of scientific findings from this study, in which 10,000 children and their families are interviewed over 15 years to unveil never-before captured sociological and scientific data. Though intimate, the adventure is big. The Life Series combines vivid personality updates, interwoven with never-before seen archival footage and brand new psychological observations recorded on hidden cameras behind mirrored glass in The Life Lab…
The buzz word for last night’s episode was resilience. Resilience is a topic I have written about previously, and it is a life skill worth serious investigation. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, or roll with the punches. For some time now research has been showing that children who exhibit resilience in their early years are far more likely to be “successful” in life as an adult. The experiments conducted in the Life Lab as part of the documentary revealed so much about the way children process and react to challenging situations. Those of us who were chatting on twitter during the screening wondered how well our own kids would cope with the Marshmallow test! (And perhaps even how well WE would cope…) If you’d like to tweet with us next week, parents and educators will be using the hashtag #lifeat5 to keep up with the conversation.
I’m really looking forward to part 2 next week as the five year olds start school! Hope you’ll join me then for a chat. I’m off to buy marshmallows.
I was approached by the ABC to promote this series, but my opinion is my own.