YOUR CHILDS DEVELOPMENT
5 – 8 YEARS
Helping your childs development and learning
- Help by building thier self-confidence. Pay attention to what they are good at and their strengths. A this stage they will probably be comparing themselves to others and over-thinking or judging themselves.
- Explain your mistakes and show they how you learn from mistakes by modelling this.
- Give your child opportunities to explore the home inside and outside. Get scientific about things and go through cupboards to show them all the tools you use in the house.
- Ensure they have time alone to play and be bored to trya dn construct activities.
- Alwys read with your child particularly when they ask you to.
- show them how things affect others so they can relate this back to themselves’
- Give them the benefit of the doubt and discuss things with them on a family or worldwide scale.
- Talk with your child about how boys and girls are equal.
AREAS OF CHANGE TO PAY ATTENTION TO
- Play is complex now. Children have found interests and online information. ask what they do
- Your child should be better at managing their emotions, particulalry in games and at school
- Great friendships will form but it can be challeneging as everyone has good and bad days and they may take this personally with their friends.
- Your child wants to please you
- Your child becomes embarrassed easily
- You might notice that your child is experiencing more worry about the world
Talking and communicating
- Children can follow more complex directions and use language to explore their thoughts and feelings. The average eight-year-old learns about 20 new words each day, mostly through being read to or reading.
- Your child now has longer and more complex conversations, and you should be able to understand all of their speech.
- Your child might voice their opinions and shows great emotion when telling stories.
- Children will test their ability at this age and get comptative
- They can combine multiple physical activite at once
- Will show independance physically with getting ready for going out or going to bed and have their own routine
Daily life and behaviour
- At this age, your child’s life is all about family, school, friends and after-school activities.
- Children start to develop strong values about themselves and the world. may bring up questions and self-doubt.
- Children will have a keen interest in money and may need pocket money for chores etc
- Often kids will have better reading than spelling skills at this age
- understand that society often expect girls and boys to behave in certain ways.