Psychology of a seven-year-old child: studying at school

By the age of 7, your child probably already started to study at school. A myriad of responsibilities and narrower framework of behavior are putting pressure on the child. His psychology and general development are constantly and dynamically changing. These changes force him to adapt to new conditions.

 

Some children quickly merge with the school team and accept new responsibilities. For others, it poses a problem. Some 7-year-olds face another psychological crisis, they have another asset value’s reassessment. Something that was very important before now is being moved to the background and new, sometimes more complex goals for self-development and affirmation of the child appear. Psychology and child development make a big leap due to complicated external life conditions. Here is what you should pay attention to as parents of 7-year-olds.

 

The child’s drastic maturing and values re-evaluation

As mentioned earlier, when the child starts studying his preferences and goals are changing. Before, he was mostly interested in toys, playing with peers and other entertainment. It all has not ceased to interest your child. More, with the beginning of classes and new responsibilities, the child has to change his priorities. Of course, this does not always go smoothly. Some 7-year-olds children are emotionally and psychologically ready for this change, while others are not. Only a few months ago a child was considered a little preschooler, and at the present time he is told: "You are already grown and should study well ... No, you cannot play now, and you need to read, write and count ..." For some children this situation can invoke resistance and lack of desire to learn. This is manifested often in bad classroom and at home behavior.

 

How to cope with stress at school

How to cope with stress at schoolIf your child could not read, write and count before starting school, there is a possibility that it would be difficult for him to cope with the pressure put on him at school. Try to help your child handle it. If he has, for example, poor performance in reading, then your job as a parent is to cheer him up and to tell him what great possibilities book reading opens, and how much useful information  found in them. Practice partner reading: take an interesting book and take turns reading it, your son or your daughter reads one page, and you read the next five. Your child will be interested in the story continuation, and he will be happy to start reading by himself. It is also possible to interest the child in writing or mathematics. Play different fun games with your child where he or she will have to write or count. The better your child understands what he should do in the classroom and why it is necessary, the faster he will handle the school load.

How to teach your child to focus

Often at the very beginning of school education many parents are faced with child’s restlessness. A child cannot focus on the teacher’s story or on a certain action for a long time. Researchers estimated that 7-year-old children concentrate on a particular action or information flow on average for 20 to 25 minutes. 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 attention and concentration exercises for the child’s development.

For example, put 10 objects on the table and ask your child to look closely at the items, then turn his back to the table, close his eyes and list all the items.

Alternatively, on the way home, ask your child to count all the passing cars of a certain color or brand.

Furthermore, drawing and doing something with his or her hands or playing sports are essential activities for attention and concentration development. Encourage your child to take these classes in their free time from school or walk outdoors and spend more time on the playground.

 

Child behavior

Child behaviorWhat is an excellent child behavior? For a teacher, a good behavior means child’s obedience. The 7-year-olds child is sitting still and listens to what the teacher says, and he always follows teacher’s directions. However, not all children are accustomed to listening and doing what they are told. Partially, it stems from the desire for individuality and an energetic nature manifestation, and partly it is due to the not so strict parenting. In any case, school limits the child and places him within certain behavioral bounds, thus, the child has to accept the rules and abide by them. If your child's teacher complains often that your child cannot sit still, just ask the teachers to give few minute's breaks during the class until your child gets used to the new circumstances.

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