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Seven Year Olds

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for seven 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

Balances on either foot, runs up                                        Enjoys storytelling

and down stairs with alternating

feet, throws and catches smaller

balls, practices batting balls

 

Cautious in trying more challenging                                   Language becomes more precise

physical activities (Ex. climbing up/                                  and accurate

jumping down from high places)

 

Has a better understanding of cause                               Understands and carries out

and effect (Ex. If I forget my library                            multiple-step directions; May

book, I can’t get a new one.)                                            need directions repeated

 

Plans ahead: (“I’m saving this snack                                 More outgoing

for later.”)

 

Reading becomes easier; child may read                          Friends are important, but

for pleasure                                                                     can entertain self if friend

                                                                                        not available

 

Spelling ability not necessarily at the same                     Feelings easily hurt

level as reading ability

 

Interested in counting and saving money                         Takes responsibility seriously

 

 

 

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

 

Learning Activities

 

Seven Year Olds

·        Take child to local library for story time as well as for choosing books

·        Take family “collecting walks” and encourage child’s organization of found “treasures”

·        Support child’s interest in science. Develop a science box and include items such as a magnifying glass, magnets, small scale, etc. Encourage child to use items to explore the environment.

·        Gather a variety of objects (wood scraps, fabric, beads, cardboard) to be used for art projects, science projects, model building

·        Continue to promote child’s imagination by providing construction materials such as: Lincoln Logs, Legos, Tinker Toys, building blocks.

·        Encourage child to read, read, read.

·        Develop child’s interest in music. Attend free concerts in the community or at local schools. Enroll child in beginner instrumental lessons. Make musical instruments from items found around the house.

·        Plan a cooking activity together (baking cookies,making a salad, etc.)

 

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

 

 

 

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