Kids 6 to 8 years
Children 6 to 8 years old are “now ready for a steady pace of growing and learning, one in which real life tasks and activities overtake pretend and fantasy. Equipped with a longer attention span, your child also is ready to delve into projects, solve problems, and resolve arguments.” - Iowa State University
Kids aged 6 to 8 years old can benefit from these activities:
Children continue to learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation. Talking, telling stories, and stretching conversations are ways children learn new information, new vocabulary, and other literacy skills.
Reading and writing go together. Both are ways to represent spoken words and to communicate information. Seven-year-olds now pay attention to how words are spelled and correctly spell words they have studied. Eight-year-olds are discussing their writing with other children and respond helpfully to their writing.
Your 6-year-old is beginning to read and your 8-year-old is self-assured in reading. Engaging children in these activities can continue their growth in literacy skills. Make sure your child continues to read by setting a special time each day for reading aloud together.
Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Play helps children to think symbolically; a ruler becomes a magic wand, today becomes a time when dinosaurs were alive, a playmate becomes an astronaut exploring space. Play helps children understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences. Dramatic play helps develop narrative skills as children make up a story about what they’re doing. This helps them understand that stories happen in an order (first, next, last).
5. Singing & Music
Music and songs can be a source that gives your child mastery over words and rhymes in language. Practicing music can encourage your child’s sense of accomplishment.
Building a Home Library
A home library for your child is important for developing lifetime readers. Here are some guides to help: