Story By: Babalola Fikayo
Although children from ages 6 to 10 display a similar range of physical abilities, mental strengths, and social behaviors, they develop at their own pace.
Even within families, differences between children can be extreme. One sibling may be outgoing and popular, while another is shy and awkward.
Some children make progress in one area, such as reading and writing, while making little or no progress in another skill, such as math.
Focus on helping your child enjoy and learn from activities rather than on measuring the outcome.Some Parents don’t know how to help the child grow and it does affect them later.
As a parent expect your child to grow in this five major areas from age 6-10.
1.Physical development: children from ages 6 to 10 usually grow in spurts, averaging about 7 lb (3 kg) and 2.5 in. (6 cm) each year. Your child will also lose about four baby teeth each year. These are replaced by permanent teeth.
2. Cognitive development: Thinking and reasoning skills, called cognitive skills, mature rapidly between ages 6 and 10. As these skills develop, so does a child’s ability to solve problems. But reasoning remains simple in that most children only understand concepts as they relate to the here and now. Concepts such as the distant past are usually too abstract for children at this age to grasp.
3. Emotional and social development: Children from ages 6 to 10 are developing friendships. Self-esteem, which is a person’s sense of worth and belonging, becomes increasingly important as your child interacts more with people outside of his or her immediate family. Children between this age also compare themselves to others.
4. Language development: At age 6, most children know the meanings of about 13,000 words. They gradually think in more complex ways. For example, children advance from understanding simple sentences to being able to interpret complicated content within a paragraph. They grow from writing a few words at a time to composing complex stories and reports.
5. Sensory and motor development: Children between ages 6 and 10 make major gains in muscle strength and coordination. Most children within this age range develop basic motor skills, such as kicking, catching, and throwing.
Gradually, children become more skilled at more complex activities, such as dancing, shooting a basketball, or playing the piano.
It’s pertinent that parents pay very close attention to the developments of their children.