National Network for Child Care

Ages & Stages: Six through Eight-Year-Olds

Lesia Oesterreich, M.S., Family Life Extension Specialist
Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

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Six, seven, and eight-year-olds build on the important developments of the first 6 years of life and seem to settle down to a steadier pace of growing and learning. Young school-age children are interested in real-life tasks and activities, and pretend and fantasy lessen considerably.School-agers want to make "real" jewelry, take "real" photographs, and create "real" collections.

School-age children have longer attention spans. They are more likely to stick with things until the project is finished, the problem solved, or the argument resolved. Doing things together with friends, teamwork, and following rules become very important. This age group is fascinated by rules and can develop games with extensive rules and rituals.

Physical Development

Intellectual Development

Social and Emotional Development

Ideas for Caregivers

National Network for Child Care - NNCC. Part of CYFERNET, the National Extension Service Children Youth and Family Educational Research Network. Permission is granted to reproduce these materials in whole or in part for educational purposes only (not for profit beyond the cost of reproduction) provided that the author and Network receive acknowledgment and this notice is included:

Reprinted with permission from National Network for Child Care - NNCC. Oesterreich, L. (1995). Ages & stages - six through eight-year-olds. In L. Oesterreich, B. Holt, & S. Karas, Iowa family child care handbook [Pm 1541] (pp. 211-212). Ames, IA: Iowa State University Extension.

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Lesia Oesterreich
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Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
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FAX: (515) 294-5507

Format Available: Print - 296 pages
Document Review: Level 2 -Iowa State University Extension
Document Size: 11K or 3 pages
Entry Date: February 1995

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