How They Grow in First Grade

Does your child need to be the star of the show? It could be a phase. Find out what experts define as typical behavior for a six-year-old.

Where They Are
The average six-year-old is extremely egocentric and wants to be the center of attention. She:

  • Wants to be the "best" and "first."
  • Has boundless energy.
  • May be oppositional, silly, brash, and critical.
  • Cries easily; shows a variety of tension-releasing behavior.
  • Is attached to the teacher.
  • Has difficulty being flexible.
  • Often considers fantasy real.

    Where They're Going
    At six years old, your child is learning to understand himself. You can help by encouraging him as he:

  • Develops a positive, realistic self-concept.
  • Learns to respect himself.
  • Begins to understand his own uniqueness.
  • Gains awareness of his feelings.
  • Learns to express feelings.
  • Learns how to participate in groups.
  • Begins to learn from his mistakes.

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