Psychology of a seven-year-old child studying at school
By the age of7,your childprobably already startedto study at school.A myriadof responsibilities and narrower framework ofbehaviorare putting pressure onthe child.His psychology andgeneral development are constantlyand dynamically changing.These changes forcehim to adapt to new conditions.
Somechildren quicklymerge withthe schoolteam andacceptnew responsibilities.For others,itposes a problem. Some 7-year-olds face another psychological crisis,they have another asset value’s reassessment. Something that wasvery importantbefore now is being movedto the background and new,sometimes more complexgoals forself-development andaffirmationof the child appear.Psychologyand child developmentmake abig leap due to complicated external life conditions.Here is whatyou should payattention toas parents of7-year-olds.
The child’s drastic maturingandvalues re-evaluation
As mentioned earlier, when the childstarts studying his preferencesand goals are changing.Before, hewas mostly interested intoys, playingwith peers and other entertainment.It all has notceasedto interest your child.More, with the beginning of classes and new responsibilities, the childhas tochange hispriorities. Of course,this does notalways go smoothly.Some7-year-olds children areemotionally andpsychologicallyreadyfor thischange, while others are not.Only afew months agoa childwas considereda little preschooler, and at the present timehe is told: "You arealready grownand shouldstudy well... No,you cannotplay now, and youneed to read, write and count..."For some childrenthis situationcan invokeresistance andlack of desireto learn.This ismanifested often inbad classroomand at home behavior.
How to cope withstressat school
If your childcould not read, write andcountbefore starting school, there is a possibility thatitwould be difficult for himto copewith the pressure put on himat school.Tryto help your childhandle it.If he has, for example,poor performance in reading, thenyour jobas aparent is tocheer him upand to tell him whatgreatpossibilitiesbook reading opens, and how much useful information found in them.Practicepartner reading: take aninteresting bookand taketurns reading it, your son oryour daughter readsonepage, and you read the nextfive.Your child will be interested in the story continuation, and he willbe happy tostart readingby himself.It is also possibleto interest the child in writingor mathematics.Playdifferent fun games with your child wherehe or shewill have to writeor count.The better your childunderstands whathe should doin the classroomand whyitisnecessary,the faster hewill handle the school load.
How toteach your child tofocus
Oftenat the very beginning ofschool education many parents are faced withchild’s restlessness.A child cannot focus onthe teacher’s story oron a certainaction for a long time.Researchersestimated that 7-year-old childrenconcentrateon a particularaction or information flowon average for 20 to 25minutes.Teachers should consider this during classes. Parents who are involved in their children education or homework preparation at home should consider this 20-25 minutes period as well.It is also possible to do attentionand concentration exercises for the child’s development.
For example, put10 objects on the table andask your child tolook closely at theitems, thenturnhis backto the table, close his eyes andlist all theitems.
Alternatively,on the way home,ask yourchild tocount all thepassing carsof a certain coloror brand.
Furthermore,drawing anddoingsomethingwith his or her hands orplaying sports are essentialactivities for attentionand concentration development.Encourageyour child to take these classesin their free time from schoolor walk outdoors and spend more time on the playground.
What is an excellent child behavior?Fora teacher, a good behavior means child’sobedience.The 7-year-olds child issitting still andlistens to what the teachersays, and healways follows teacher’s directions. However,not all childrenare accustomedto listening anddoing whattheyare told.Partially, it stems from the desire for individuality andan energeticnature manifestation, and partly it is dueto the not so strict parenting.In any case,schoollimits the child andplaces himwithin certain behavioral bounds, thus, the child has to acceptthe rules andabide by them.Ifyour child's teachercomplainsoften that yourchild cannotsit still,just askthe teachersto give few minute's breaksduring the class until your child gets usedto the new circumstances.