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While all children may grow at a different rate, the following indicates the average for school-aged children 6 to 12 years old.
As your child continues to grow, you will notice new and exciting abilities that your child develops. While children may progress at different rates and have various interests, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group.
Enjoy many activities and stays busyLike to paint and drawMay lose first toothVision is as sharp as an adult'sPractice skills in order to become betterJump ropeRide a bike
More graceful with movements and abilitiesJump, skip and chaseDress and groom self completelyCan use tools (hammer, screwdriver)
Remainder of adult teeth will developLike to sew and paint
As children enter into school-age, their abilities and understanding of concepts and the world around them continue to grow. While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group.
Understand concept of numbersKnow daytime and nighttimeKnow right and left handsCan copy complex shapes, such as a diamondCan tell timeCan understand commands with three separate instructionsCan explain objects and their useCan repeat three numbers backwardsCan read age-appropriate books and / or materials
Can count backwardsKnow the dateRead more and enjoy readingUnderstand fractionsUnderstand concept of spaceDraw and paintCan name months and days of week, in orderEnjoy collecting objects
Write storiesLike to write lettersRead wellEnjoy using the telephone
A very important part of growing up is the ability to interact and socialize with others. During the school-age years, parents will see a change in their child as he / she moves from playing alone to having multiple friends and social groups. While friendships become more important, the child is still fond of his / her parents and likes being part of a family. While every child is unique and will develop different personalities, the following are some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child.
Cooperate and shareWill cheat, if ableJealous of others and siblingsLike to copy adultsLike to play alone, but friends are becoming importantPlay with friends of the same genderMay have temper tantrumsModest about bodyLike to play board games
Like competition and gamesStart to mix friends and play with children of the opposite genderModest about bodyEnjoy clubs and groups, such as Boy Scouts or Girl ScoutsBecome interested in boy-girl relationships, but does not admit it
Friends are very important; may have a best friendIncreased interest in the opposite genderLikes and respects parentsEnjoy talking to others
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