Generally think of things as "either-or." Things are either great or awful, ugly or beautiful, right or wrong. Children focus on one part of an issue at a time, which makes it hard for them to understand complexities.
Enjoy being around their friends. Some enjoy group activities, such as team sports.
Have rapidly changing emotions. Angry outbursts are common. Many children of this age are critical of others, especially of their parents. They may seem dramatic and sometimes rude.
Have well-developed speech and use correct grammar most of the time. Many children have well-developed conversation skills.
Know the complete date (day of the week, day of the month, month, and year).
Enjoy being with friends and often have a "best" friend of the same gender.
Continue to enjoy team and group activities.
Continue to insist that they are not interested in children of the opposite sex. But they may show off, tease, or act silly as a way of interacting with them.
Have speech patterns that are nearly at an adult level.
Sometimes seek out magazines and books in subjects of special interest.
Have good control of large and small muscles. Some children enjoy activities that use all these skills, such as basketball, dancing, and soccer.
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September 09, 2014
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