Middle Childhood Development

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Middle Childhood Development

Cognitive Development*Between 5-7 years of age: transition from stage of preoperational thought to the stage of concrete operations (Slavin, 2000)*Rapidly developing memory and cognitive skills in addition to metacognitive skill, the ability to think about their own thinking and to learn how to learn (Slavin, 2000) * avg. 6 year old has 8,000 - 14,000 word vocabulary; growing by 5,000 words between ages of 9 and 11 (Feldman, 2012)* Increasing understanding of their own use of languge or metalinguistic awareness (Feldman, 2012)

Physical Development*Girls have a major growth spurt between age 8 to 13 years and boys between 10 to 15 years (Slavin, 2000)*Puberty lasts 2 to 5 years.*Boys & girls gain 5 - 7 lbs. a year (Feldman, 2012)

Personality Development*Become more independent (Slavin, 2000)*Social comparison, comparing themselves to others, becomes more evident (Slavin, 2000)

Social Development* Perform in socially acceptable ways (Slavin, 2000)* More cooperative with groups (Slavin, 2000)* Peer acceptance is important (CDC, 2015)*Ages 9 - 11: strong friendships (CDC, 2015)

Middle Childhood ages 6-12 Development

Milestones*Have developed many of the basic motor skills they need for balance, running, jumping, and throwing (Slavin, 2000).*Understand that language is governed by a set of rules (Feldman, 2012).*Have learned to read (Feldman, 2012)*Focus less on self and more on others (CDC, 2015)*Show more indepedence (CDC, 2015)

Center for Disease Control (2015). Child development: Middle childhood. retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/middle2.html. Feldman, R.S. (6th Ed). (2012). Child development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.Slavin, R.E. (6th Ed.). (2000). Educational psychology: Theory and practice. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

I, Carrie Shockley,grant permission to freely publish this page.

Carrie Shockley


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