Your Child's Development: Ages 6-8

During the elementary school years, children enjoy taking on increasing amounts of responsibilities at home and at school. They also master reading skills and use math in more abstract ways. Friendships are important to children this age, but these relationships may change frequently.

As in previous stages of childhood, each child will develop at his or her own pace, following predictable stages. Children may develop some new skills earlier than expected, while others traits appear later. Each new step children take is a building block in their physical growth and in developing the abilities of thinking, speaking, behaving appropriately and getting along with others.

Below we have listed a few examples of the abilities commonly seen in children this age.

If you are concerned about your child’s learning, talk with your child’s teacher, the school principal or the district special education coordinator.

What Children Can Do: Ages 6-8

  • Work on projects and make things;
  • Fold and cut paper into shapes;
  • Tie their own shoes;
  • Swim and ride bicycles;
  • Know left from right;
  • Prefer two or three close friends;
  • Tell stories with lots of details;
  • Be responsible and carry out commitments.

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Last Modified: 4/18/2013 10:57:51 AM