What Your Child Should Know by Age 7

While all children develop in their own way and at their own pace, our guide will show you what key milestones you might notice this year.
Aug 09, 2019

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What Your Child Should Know by Age 7

Aug 09, 2019

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 age 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

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: Grade 2 — Bolster your child's reading comprehension skills with our puzzle- and activity-filled 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

Scholastic Children's Dictionary (2019) — Expand your child's language skills with the newest edition of this children's dictionary, which is filled with age-appropriate vocabulary for little learners. This is a tool that your child will be able to use for many years to come. 

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 Activity Kits — Help your child fine tune motor skills with hands-on Klutz kits that incorporate movement with learning. Try the mini 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 (check out these books that encourage kindness and empathy)

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 her transform her frustration into optimism. Little readers will learn valuable lessons about dealing with failure and facing daunting challenges.

We're All Wonders — The ideal foray into discussions about kindness and justice for this age group, this illustrated edition of the bestselling book Wonder follows a boy with a facial deformity — and teaches that everyone is truly an incredible and unique being. 

Next: Learn more about what to expect this with our guide to 2nd grade!

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