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  • Writer's pictureSensei Seth Lee

Realistic Behavioral Expectations: What to Expect from 7 to 9 year old’s

The golden years for children are between the ages of 7 and 9 years old. At this age, children

can grasp new information quickly. They start seeing the world in a new and exciting way and,

because of this, they are beginning to develop their morals and values. And while they are

making leaps and bounds in maturity, they still need a lot of guidance from adults in their lives.

Children between the ages of 7 and 9 years old are full of energy and their personalities are

more distinct. They have an increased desire to be independent and they want to be recognized

for their intelligence. Children at this age love interacting with others and enjoy making friends

which leads to the sense of belonging they crave. And although they are exhibiting more

independence, they still have a strong desire to be connected to the important adults in their

lives and need approval from them.

The growth at this age is exciting to witness but can come with its own set of challenges for

parents and teachers. This increased independence and sophisticated thinking leads to a more

opinionated child. Children at this age may begin complaining about the fairness of rules and

will argue their point of view. They also get distracted and almost seem to “space out” because

they are intrigued by all the exciting things going on around them. Friendships blossom during

this time but this often comes with the development of peer pressure because they begin

valuing their friends’ opinions of them.

During the time between the ages of 7 and 9 years old, it is important for parents and teachers

to guide children. Understanding where they are in this stage of development is vital to helping

them be the most successful they can be. They will want to be independent but, they also want

to be close to their parents. It is a very delicate balance. They key is to let them make choices

and help with things but, when they need guidance, do so in a way that does not crush their

growing autonomy.

The Core SKILLZ program was specifically designed for children at this age. The goal of this

program is to adapt to their adventurous attitude while building skills that set them up for

success. Some of the goals of the program are to help them stay focused, persevere through

tasks they find more difficult, show intensity on easy tasks, and show courage when trying

something new. The highly trained SKILLZ instructors are also vital to the success of this

program. Connecting with each student and utilizing edutainment are two of the most important

laws of instruction when working with this age group.

The child-adult bond is of great importance at this stage of childhood. However, for this bond to

help the child to develop in the best way possible, it is vital that the adults in their lives know

what to expect. The balance between wanting independence and needing approval can be

difficult but with the right guidance from adults, children can develop their autonomy from the

encouragement of the adults in their lives.

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