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The 6-year-old child: what is changing?

Child to 6 years old: gross and fine motor skills
The emotional development of the 6-year-old
Intellectual development of the 6-year-old child
Social behavior of the 6-year-old child

The 6-year-old is now very lively physically and intellectually. This is also the age of entry to primary school. Let’s take a closer look at the different changes a child experiences at 6 years old.

What changes in 6 year old kids

Child to 6 years old: gross and fine motor skills

The 6-year-old runs with great agility, almost like an adult. He has a better balance which allows him for example to stand on one foot for ten seconds. He can also run on one foot for a short distance. He pedals better and better on his bicycle, using stabilizing wheels. The 6-year-old child is now able to play games that require several movements simultaneously and therefore good coordination: running and kicking the ball, walking and catching, etc.

His fine motor skills are also improving significantly. Your child can easily fasten his seat belt by himself in the car, he can easily pull up his zipper and begin to learn the right way to tie his laces. His drawings are more precise: the facial features of his characters are better defined, buttons and details adorn clothes, etc.

At 6 years old, children love to color and do this exercise with great care. He is able to not overshoot. Finally, he can neatly fold a page, aligning the two corners well. Placing a desk or small desk in a 6-year-old’s bedroom can allow him or her to indulge in creative activities such as writing, drawing, or cutting.

The emotional development of the 6-year-old

At 6 years old, your child has a little better control over the expression of his emotions. He is able to express them with greater clarity, which saves him the frustrations which often result in anger, crying, or gestures of nervousness. If he still doesn’t like to wait much, he is however able to look after himself, for half an hour in most cases.

However, this is an average, and it is essential to keep in mind that all children have their own unique personalities. The 6-year-old now has better self-confidence, which makes it easy for him to form relationships with his little comrades. He is very fond of imitating his adult circle, especially those of the same gender as him. The 6-year-old child makes a clear difference between the two sexes. He seeks the approval of adults much more and sometimes acts for the sole purpose of pleasing and satisfying them.

Intellectual development of the 6-year-old child

Your child, at 6 years old, is able to take his turn during a conversation. His vocabulary is now very developed and generally comprises 4,000 to 5,000 words. He composes complex sentences, even if he still sometimes hesitates on the conjugation. The 6-year-old child is able to adapt his words, the rhythm of his voice, and his intonation according to his interlocutor. He spontaneously recounts his daily life, in great detail.

When you have the chance, in the evening, you can ask your 6-year-old what he has been doing during the day. This allows him to make an effort of memory and to piece together past events using the past tense and the imperfect.

Social behavior of the 6-year-old child

In a group of children, the 6-year-old now knows how to fend for himself because he accepts and respects the rules. He is quite capable of cooperation, but it goes better if it is supervised by an adult, it can indeed reassure him and encourage him to make decisions. In a group, rivalry conflicts can arise. At 6 years old, the child tends to denounce his comrades, in particular in the event of non-respect of the rules. However, once the conflict is resolved, he begins to be able to spontaneously apologize and ask for forgiveness.

Soon he will find on his own the gestures of reparation, after a conflict (such as offering a drawing, hugging, or giving his dessert). To develop their social skills, you can help your child by helping them find the solution on their own to a conflict between them and their brothers and sisters or their peers. This is a behavior that he can then reproduce independently.

The 6-year-old is making visible progress in all areas. To help and encourage him, always take the time to chat with him, ask him about his friends, his favorite activities, etc. These discussions teach him to summarize his thoughts, to develop a reflection on what he has lived, but also to understand that you are really interested in him.

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