Gr8t School-Agers

5- to 6-year-olds

  • Vocabulary increasing to approximately 2,000 words
  • Can compose sentences with five or more words
  • Can count up to 10 objects at one time
  • Know left and right
  • Begin to reason and argue; uses words like why and because
  • Can categorize objects: “These are toys; these are books.”
  • Understand concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Can copy complex shapes, such as a diamond
  • Should be sounding out simple words like “hang”, “neat”, “jump” and “sank”
  • Are able to sit at a desk , follow teacher instructions, and independently do simple in-class assignments

7- to 8-year-olds

  • Develop a longer attention span
  • Are willing to take on more responsibility (i.e. chores)
  • Understand fractions and the concept of space
  • Understand money
  • Can tell time
  • Can name months and days of week in order
  • Enjoy reading a book on their own