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 Six Year Olds

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for six year olds. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 

Developmental Milestones

Enjoys running, jumping, climbing and throwing                                     Loves to talk

Moves constantly even when trying to sit still                                      Asks many questions; carries on conversation

Writes letters and numbers; may reverse                                            Learns as many as 5-10 new words a day   

Works at tasks for longer periods of time;                                          Experiences sudden mood swings

can be inconsistent

 

Recognizes some words by sight                                                          Anxious to please; Needs and seeks adult approval

 

Attempts to sound out words                                                               Displays enthusiastic and inquisitive nature about 
  everyday events

 

Uses language instead of tantrums to                                                   Continues to be “self-centered”
express displeasure                                               
 

Enjoys being read to and making up stories                                          Fearful of thunderstorms, 
                                                                                                             the dark, loud noises,  
                                                                                                             large animals                                                                                                       

Taken from:  Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz. (2000). By the Ages:  Behavior and development of children pre-birth through eight. Albany: Delmar Thomson Learning.

 

Learning Activities

 

Six Year Olds

·         Provide paper and pencil games:  dot-to-dot, mazes, copying and tracing activities

·         Play simple card games with child (Old Maid, War) and board games

·         Continue to provide dress-up clothes for child; encourage role playing (doctor, carpenter, teacher)

·         Encourage outdoor play (swimming, running, climbing, digging)

·         Promote child’s interest in music; Provide various types of music

·         Continue to provide a variety of books for child to look at independently and for adult to read to him/her

·         Continue to read to child on a daily basis

·         Continue to provide art supplies so child can cut, glue, paste, paint, color, etc.

 
Taken from:  Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz. (2000). By the Ages:  Behavior and development of children pre-birth through eight. Albany: Delmar Thomson Learning.

 

 

 

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