What Your Child Should Know by Age 7

Find the answers in our age-by-age quick guide to child development.



What Your Child Should Know by Age 7

Many 7 year olds are collectors. Whether it’s trading cards, action figures, key chains, or their favorite book series, second graders love to collect, sort, and categorize. At 7, children love to apply logic and solve problems. Feed their love of learning with riddles, games, and books that allow them to explore their growing interest in the outside world.

Reading Development

  • May read independently
  • Can sound out unfamiliar words
  • Can figure out some words from context and picture
  • Can decode major sounds in a word
  • Has an increasing level of reading comprehension

Your Checklist for Reading Development

Branches line — To help foster your child's literacy independence, introduce her to the books in our Branches line, perfect for the growing reader who is somewhere between short leveled readers and longer chapter books. With series like Dragon Masters and Hilde Cracks the Casethere's something for every budding reader! These works come with engaging text, purposeful illustrations, and end-of-book questions that enhance reading comprehension skills.

Scholastic Success with Reading Comprehension — Bolster your child's reading comprehension skills with our puzzle- and activity-filled Scholastic Success workbook which enhances your child's abilities through diverse challenges.

Language Development

  • Uses recently learned words and phrases in conversation
  • Understands idioms and figures of speech
  • Know days, months, and seasons, and can tell time 
  • Can use details and compare and contrast items

Your Checklist for Language Development

Learn to Tell Time Owly Clock — Help your little one practice telling time with this two-sided owl clock. On one side is a colorful, functional clock with removable numbers; on the other is a chalkboard surface where your child can practice telling time with hand-drawn clocks.

Physical Development

  • Has increasing hand-eye coordination
  • May be able to do a somersault.
  • Likes to do art projects and has the attention span to complete them

Your Checklist for Physical Development

Klutz Kits — Introduce your child to the world of arts and crafts through our Klutz kits; she can make Shrinky Dinksmini piñatasbath bombs, and more!

Emotional Development

  • Has a keen sense of justice . . . and particularly hates things that aren’t fair
  • May be a perfectionist (which can lead to self-criticism)
  • Is rule-oriented and can follow directions
  • Has increasing moral development, including a sense of right and wrong

Your Checklist for Emotional Development

When Sophie Thinks She Can't... — What do you do when you don't think you can do something? See Sophie go from "I can't do it!" to "I can't do it yet" thanks to a teacher who helps Sophie transform her frustration into optimism. Little readers will learn valuable lessons about dealing with failure and facing daunting challenges.

Encourage Your Child's Growth

Guides to Raising Kids
Age 7
Elementary School
Child Development and Behavior