Growth and Development, Ages 6 to 10 Years - What to Expect Milestones by age continued...
7 years of age, most children: Begin to show a preference for a certain
learning style, such as hands-on or quiet reflection. Develop
friendships, usually with other children of the same gender. Like
to be involved in some group play but need time alone too. Enjoy
arts and crafts and physically active play.
8 years of age, most children: 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. Are reading. 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.
9 years of age, most children: Think more independently and are developing
good decision-making skills. This reflects their increasing critical-thinking
skills and ability to consider more than one perspective at a
time. Have caring, solid friendships. Have gained a
strong sense of empathy, which is understanding and being sensitive to the
feelings of others. Are curious about relationships between boys
and girls. Few will admit to this interest. And most will insist that they are
horrified by the opposite sex. Speak well and pronounce words
clearly. Become increasingly interested in team
sports. Like to draw, paint, make jewelry, build models, or try
other activities that use fine motor skills.
10 years of age, most children: 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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August 09, 2013
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