In the video below, Nancy Hatton, Lower Elementary Teacher, discusses the characteristics of your elementary child. This blog addresses many issues parents often see as their elementary child transforms from early childhood to childhood, and gives helpful insight on ways to better understand behavior and needs of this child. Further down you will find a list of characteristics of the elementary child 6-12.
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Characteristics of the Child Ages 6-12
- Has enormous intellectual powers accompanied by physical strength and stability; real intellectual work can be accomplished
- Interest in EVERYTHING, can do ANYTHING
- Needs complete vision and unity, not bits and pieces; needs to know HOW life and knowledge are interrelated
- Tendency toward maximum effort; not satisfied with little jobs, little lessons, little efforts; maximum efforts is accompanied by joy
- Bored if not asked to do enough; cannot help but be interested
- Hunting instinct; wants to know the functioning of everything, wants to know the reason; wants to know HOW? WHY?
- Venturesome and daring; tendency for exploration
- Still needs repetition of an activity to master it, but it must be an amplified process; not content to repeat the same thing
- Strong sense of justice develops; search for morality to determine what is good, bad or acceptable to the peer group and to society
- Tendency toward hero worship and the heroic endeavor
- Her instinct; must be part of the peer group and be accepted
- Need toward self-evaluation; need to assert self and direct own development