• Traits of a Six Year Old

    • Is in an age of transition; is less stable, less robust, less decisive and often less cooperative than at age five.

    • Can be explosive and moody.

    • Responds to affection, warmth, friendliness and a sense of humor.

    • Is trying to leave babyhood and to identify with older children and adults.

    • Is easily discouraged and wilts under criticism; needs praise and encouragement.

    • Has difficulty sitting still; jumps up, fidgets, wiggles and generally needs lots of physical activity.

    • Has a short attention span.

    • Enjoys learning new physical skills.

    • Has difficulty tolerating losing.

    • Needs some aggressive and rough-and-tumble play as an experiment in independence.

    • Prefers play in small groups.

    • Delights in simple, spontaneous dramatic play.

    • Is eager to learn.

    • Wants to know why.

    • Needs adult encouragement and response in order to develop positive attitudes toward learning.

    • Needs to be actively involved in learning rather than just sitting and listening.

    • Is interested in what is happening now, since he has only a vague concept of the distant past and not much of the future.

    • Tends to dawdle and become irritated or upset if hurried.

    • Likes responsibilities that he can handle.
     
    Compiled by Katherine Abt, Baltimore City Dept. of Social Services, Division of day Care Training Unit
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