Developmental Milestones: First Graders, The Sixth Year

After the joyful, energetic fives, the moodiness of a six-year-old can be difficult for parents. Very changeable, the six-year-old goes from anger to hilarity in a matter of minutes. His or her best friend this week will be his or her worst enemy the next.

Although still very active, the six-year-old is beginning to settle down to a steadier manner of learning. With the development of fine motor skills, this child can be found with a scissors and markers, creating masterpieces frequently. Children this age are very curious and learn best by actively interacting with materials and people.

During the sixth year of life a child typically:

  • Thinks logically and has reasoning skills
  • Understands concept of cause and effect
  • May suddenly become moody
  • Frequently has interchanging best friends and enemies
  • Exhibits bossy behavior
  • Demonstrates competitive behavior
  • May not take criticism well
  • Learns well through active involvement
  • Continues to develop fine motor skills
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