By age 6, children understand over 20,000 words. Their sentences are longer and not as simple. But even more amazing are the new complexities in their thought processes — their wheels are constantly in motion. With this deepening, you’ll see a change in how your child uses language to express thoughts and ideas uniquely his own.
- May be able to read simple books aloud
- Can read and retell familiar stories
- Knows an increasing number of sight words
- Can decode major sounds in a word
- Can invent reasonable spelling and write some words
Your Checklist for Reading Development
BOB Books: First Stories — For the aspiring independent reader, the First Stories set features twelve short, easy-to-read stories, setting up the perfect foundation for more advanced reading down the line.
Write-N-Seek: Sight Words — Transform learning into a fun activity with the sight word puzzles in this stimulating workbook that'll enhance your child's knowledge and handwriting skills.
Scholastic Learning Express Level 1: Handwriting and Vocabulary — Your child will go from tracing words and sentences to writing them independently with the help of this workbook that comes with additional online learning resources.
- Speaks an average of 2,600 words and understands even more — around 22,000 words
- Uses many multi-syllabic words
- Can use and understand different tenses, such as past and future
- May be able to have extended conversations with shifting topics
- May be able to talk on the telephone (watch out for your cell phone!)
Your Checklist for Language Development
First Thousand Words — Help your child identify the objects in the world around her and expand her vocabulary with this illustrated picture dictionary that features 1,000 words.
Scholastic Success With Grammar: Grade 1 — Help your child understand verb tenses, punctuation, capitalization, and more with our Scholastic Success With Grammar: Grade 1 workbook. This workbook is filled with easy-to-comprehend lessons and explanations, skill-reinforcing exercises, and tests that help quantify your child's strengths.
- May be able to jump rope, hula hoop, and play hopscotch
- Better able to throw, catch, jump, and climb
- Can do simple art projects involving cutting, coloring, pasting, and drawing
- May be able to tie shoelaces (or at least do Velcro!)
Your Checklist for Physical Development
- Loves to learn
- Is eager to please
- Plays well in groups (though may want to be in charge!)
- Begins to have an easier time with transitions
- Can stay focused and pay attention for longer periods of time
Your Checklist for Emotional Development
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant & Piggie Book) — Gerard can't decide if he wants to share his ice cream; will he be able to make a decision before it all disappears? Teach your child the values of generosity and kindness with this charming picture book from the popular Elephant and Piggie series.