6 - 9 years understanding the world
During the ‘middle years’ your child will be very excited to engage with the outside world. He will want to absorb as much information as he can and will be a very enthusiastic learner. He may become obsessed with topics that interest him – dinosaurs, car models, space travel, Harry Potter – and will be able to impress you with his recall of impressive detail.
In the latter stages of the ‘middle years’, your child may begin to show a preference for certain subjects at school – he may express this by telling you that he’s ‘good’ at story writing or maths. Regardless of his favourites, at this age he will now have developed skills in maths, writing and reading, although his ability to learn effectively will be strongly influenced by his emotions and self-esteem, as he hasn’t yet developed the ability to set aside his feelings for a time.
At this age, your child will:
- Enjoy silent reading
- Begin to make plans ahead of time.
- Begin to understand money and how it works
- Learn to tell the time
- Learn to tell his left from his right.
- Enjoy collecting things – stamps, coins, football cards, scented erasers.
How can I encourage my child’s development?
- Take an interest in your child’s hobbies and make sure that you offer lots of encouragement. Provide a variety of computer, board and word games that can be enjoyed with you, or played with friends.
- Join the local library to source new books/ DVDs/audio books.
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