6-8 years old Milestone
Getting ready for school, here’s what to expect.
The majority of children will achieve these milestones between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.
Evaluate your child with this checklist
It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.
- Riding a two-wheeler bike (without trainer wheels by seven)
- Becoming skilled with hopscotch and rope skipping
- Getting skilled with a small-sized ball (and can catch it one hand)
- Running up and down stairs
- Enjoying participation in team games
- Gradually becoming aware of own body and movement, and comparing to friends
- Holding and using pencil easily
- Using fingers to write and draw rather than the whole arm
- Learning to write within the lines
- Gradually making letters smaller, more well-spaced and well lined-up
- Able to cut out irregular shapes, glue accurately and use sticky-tape
- Demonstrate independent dressing skills including shoelaces (usually by the end of first grade)
- Able to brush and comb hair
- Independent in all other aspects of self-care by the age of seven years
- Aware of left and right
Talking and understanding
- Understanding similarities, opposites
- Communicating effectively in classroom and playground social settings
- Understanding within the classroom
- Understanding more complex grammar
- Participating in well established, rule-based group fames
- Resolving conflicts without seeking adult intervention
- Understanding the individual strengths and interests of other children
- Able to tell right and left, days of week
- Able to repeat three digits backwards
- Able to count backwards from 20
- Understand time and how to tell the time
Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.
Originally produced by Child Development Network.