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Eight Year Olds

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for eight 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 vigorous activities: dancing,                                    Delights in telling jokes

swimming, wrestling, riding bikes                                       and riddles

 

Seeks out opportunities to participate                               Uses language to criticize

in team sports (soccer, baseball,                                        and compliment others

basketball)

 

Seems to possess endless energy                                       Converses fluently with adults;

                                                                                           Ableto think and talk about

                                                                                           pastand present

 

Collects objects and bargains/trades                                 Forming opinions about moral

with friends to obtain more                                                values; Declares things either
           right or wrong

 

Eager to save money for small                                           Still desires attention/recognition

purchases                                                                          from teachers or parents

 

Looks forward to school and                                              Accepts challenges and

disappointed when unable to                                               responsibility with enthusiasm

attend

 

Likes to read and work independently                               Beginning to take an interest in
         what others think

 

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

 

Eight Year Olds

·        Provide and participate in games that require a degree of strategy: checkers, dominoes, card games, etc.

·        Provide child with an inexpensive camera and encourage child to experiment

·        Allow child to try out many different activities (swimming,dancing, musical instruments, singing);  There is seldom a long-term commitment

·        Assign child routine tasks around the house (setting table, feeding pets, etc.) to develop responsibility

·        Gather materials child can use to design own buildings (farm, zoo, garage, school, house, etc.)

·        Save small, unused appliances that child can disassemble using screwdrivers or pliers.

·        Continue to provide reading materials on topics ofinterest to child; Allow child to choose own reading materials

 

 

 

Takenfrom:  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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