INTERESTS-School-aged children are learning to build upon their skill set and are developing more specific interests.
SCHOOL-Higher expectations are placed on children as schoolwork in and out of the classroom increases.
EXPANDED SOCIAL EXPERIENCES-Children expand their social experience beyond family and school to playdates, team sports, and lessons.
SOCIAL-School-aged children develop friendships based on close proximity and more specific areas of interests.
COMPARISONS-Children begin to become aware of how they measure up in academic, athletic, and fine arts skills.
INDEPENDENCE-Children’s start displaying a preference to spend more and more of their free time with peers over parents.