School age children are children ages between 6 – 9 years old
Once your child enters school, you’ll see some amazing progress in terms of learning. They’ll love coming home at the end of the day and showing you what they learned in school (at least for a little while).
School-age children also flourish socially. They develop stronger friendships and develop new interests and hobbies.
However, you may hear a little more resistance from your child when you tell them to do their homework or clean their room. Defiance can be common as your child tries to test your limits.
• Develop a longer attention span
• Are willing to take on more responsibility (i.e. chores)
• Understand fractions and the concept of space
• Understand money
• Can tell time
• Can name months and days of week in order
• Enjoy reading a book on their own
Emotional/Social Changes Milestone
• Show a competitive spirit when playing games
• Befriend children of the opposite gender
• Show an interest in joining a club or sports team
• Form a sense of humor and enjoy telling jokes
• Can distinguish between fantasy and reality
• Are able to do pretend play with another child or group of children
• Help out with chores at home, such as clearing the table after a meal or tidying up personal belongings
• Start to form stronger, more complex friendships and peer relationships.
• Experience more peer pressure.
• Become more aware of his or her body as puberty approaches
• Body image and eating problems sometimes start around this age.
Thinking and Learning
• Children who read a lot expand their vocabularies the fastest.
• Face more academic challenges at school.
• Become more independent from the family.
• Begin to see the point of view of others more clearly.
• Have an increased attention span.
• Participates in group discussions
• Gives accurate directions to others
• Summarizes and restates ideas
• Organizes information for clarity
• Uses subject area information and vocabulary for learning
• Give effective oral presentations
• Listens to and understands information presented by peers
• Form opinions based on evidence
• Listens for specific purposes
• Demonstrates understanding of grade level content material
• Understands jokes and riddles based on sound similarities
Positive Parenting Tips
• Be involved with your child’s school. Go to school events; meet your child’s teachers.
• Encourage your child to join school and community groups, such as a sports team, or to be a volunteer for a charity.
• Help your child develop his own sense of right and wrong. Talk with him about risky things friends might pressure him to do, like smoking or dangerous physical dares.
• Help your child develop a sense of responsibility—involve your child in
• Don’t feel rejected by their newfound independence
• Set aside special time with your child.
• Try the indirect approach.
• Don’t be overly judgmental.
• Watch what they watch with them.