Ages and Stages: First Grade
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association
Is your six-year old on track?  Below are some general developmental milestones to help you understand your child's progress over the school year.  Keep in mind that every child is different and may not fit perfectly into this framework.

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?
School isn't just about academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping him grow socially.  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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