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Dr. Lise Eliot
Early Childhood Mental Development Expert
VTech Expert Panel Member
Eight to Nine are considered the end of “early childhood” and with good reason – by this age, your child is able to concentrate longer, solve problems creatively and knows when to ask an adult for guidance. It is a year of transition from total dependence to measured independence, when children take pride in making their decisions and keeping track of their own schedule and possessions.
Here are some typical milestones you may see in your 8 - 9 year old:
Language & Cognitive
  • Speaks clearly and fluently with few grammatical lapses and all consonant sounds are well-established
  • Tells time accurately
  • Combines both visual and phonetic strategies to read fluently with good comprehension
  • Uses books and other written sources to find information
  • Writes for a variety of purposes (letters, stories, explanations) with correct spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure
  • Counts to 1,000 and can apply mathematics to three- and four-digit numbers
  • Understands size and order
  • Understands concepts of perimeter and area
Physical & Motor
  • Performs basic movements for sports including baseball, soccer, basketball, skiing, tennis, golf or gymnastics
  • Identifies themselves as “athletic” or “unathletic”
Social & Emotional
  • Defines sense of self-worth but may be frustrated about perceived weakness
  • Relies on adults for a sense of security but proud of independence; may resist adult guidance at times
  • Enjoys being with friends in either structured group activities or during their free time
  • Becomes bossy and argumentative
  • May “team up” with friends against the opposite gender
  • Enjoys secrets and begins displaying a sense of loyalty