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What are some developmental milestones for children from 6 to 12 years old?

Some developmental milestones for children 6 to 12 years old include the following:
  • heavily involved with peers
  • develop concrete thinking
  • active learners, can invent and design things
  • increased participation in self care
  • well developed language and time skills
  • concerns about body image
This content originally appeared on the Alliance for Kids website.

Learning happens quickly during this stage. Before you know it, your child will have mastered multiplication and long division, and will be writing book reports and research papers. This is a great time for your child to learn accountability and responsibility when it comes to his work habits. Give your child a planner to write down assignments and help him manage his time. These organizational skills will prove to be of great benefit in the years ahead.

Communication and language skills include:

  • Masters all speech sounds, including consonant blends
  • Appropriately controls rate, pitch, and volume of speech
  • Uses complex and compound sentences easily
  • Consistently uses correct grammar, including tense, pronouns, plurals
  • Reads with considerable ease
  • Writes simple compositions
  • Able to carry on complex conversations
  • Follows fairly complex directions with little need for repetition

Cognitive and intellectual skills include:

  • Has well developed understanding of time and number concepts
  • Thinks about things in a more organized and logical manor
  • Is capable of concrete problem solving
  • Can think through his/her actions and trace back to events that happened in order to explain situations
  • Can talk through problems in order to solve them
  • Can focus attention and take time to search for necessary information.
  • Can develop a plan to meet a goal
  • Has increased memory capability

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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