- hand-eye coordination is well developed
- has good balance
- can execute simple gymnastic movements, such as somersaults
Language and Thinking Development
- uses a vocabulary of several thousand words
- demonstrates a longer attention span
- uses serious, logical thinking; is thoughtful and reflective
- able to understand reasoning and make the right decisions
- can tell time; knows the days, months, and seasons
- can describe points of similarity between two objects
- begins to grasp that letters represent the sounds that form words
- able to solve more complex problems
- individual learning style becomes more clear-cut
Social and Emotional Development
- desires to be perfect and is quite self-critical
- worries more; may have low self-confidence
- tends to complain; has strong emotional reactions
- understands the difference between right and wrong
- takes direction well; needs punishment only rarely
- avoids and withdraws from adults
- is a better loser and less likely to place blame
- waits for her turn in activities
- starts to feel guilt and shame
“Snapshot” of a 7-Year-Old This story of Nick illustrates the range of skills, interests, and abilities considered typical development for this age.
“Hey, Mom,” yelled Nick as he burst into the house after school.
“I’m out in the yard,” answered Caroline, Nick’s mother.
Understanding the World through Questioning Nick threw his backpack on the sofa and dashed outside, blurting out his exciting news. “Guess what! This year we get to have a time in class when we can ask any question we want. And Ms. Briggs said there are no stupid questions and she would answer all of ours or help us find the answers. So today I asked why dogs have a tail and I don’t, and Ms. Briggs answered it. Can you believe it? She really meant what she said. She didn’t think I was just trying to be funny. I think I’m really going to like second grade. It was lots of fun today.”
Before school began, Nick’s older brother told him second grade was boring because you just do the same thing you do in first grade; just a lot more of it. So Nick had not looking forward to going to school. He could already read some second grade books and do borrowing and carrying in math.
“Thank goodness for Ms. Briggs,” thought Caroline.
“I’m going to write down all the questions I can think of,” continued Nick enthusiastically.
“I’m sure Ms. Briggs will love that,” laughed Caroline with a roll of her eyes.
Ms. Briggs didn’t know what she had in store for her. Children Nick’s age have an endless number of questions about every subject in the world. The questions are continuous, and Nick was a pro at asking questions.
Just last week after church Nick asked, “Who is God? What does he look like? Has anyone ever seen him? If we haven’t seen him, how do we know he’s real?”
Caroline sighed and thought about Ms. Briggs. Now she can be the Queen of Answers.