Thoughts and ideas for around 6 years of age

Sorry it has taken me so long to post this! Here are some thoughts and ideas for around 6 years of age. Of course, each child is an individual, so taking into considering their interests, ability and maturity level is important. Just like what I mentioned in ideas for around 4 years of age, I also like to keep in mind the Simplicity Parenting (book) tips to simplify:

  1. Environment– to lessen overwhelm including sensory overload at home I try to keep clutter and toys to a minimum creating a sense of peace and calm. Keeping toys in rotation helps with this.
  2. Rhythm– Increasing predictability by introducing rhythmic moments for connection and calm.
  3. Scheduling– Reducing schedule overload brings moments for Being into all the Doing.
  4. Unplugging– Reducing the influence of adult concerns, media and consumerism on children and families to increase resilience, social and emotional intelligence.

Supporting Independence ideas: Some of these ideas I got from my children’s school which apply to the 6-9 + age group.

  • Care of self (brush teeth, brush hair, dress self which includes choosing their own clothing).
  • Nutrition- packing own snacks/lunch for school. Education- learning where our food comes from, and what foods are nutrient rich and nutrient poor. Both of my children love helping out in the kitchen. My children also attend a school that encourages ‘healthy eating’, so that is also helpful.
  • Learn personal information and how to make an emergency call and what your families emergency plan is (name, address, parents phone numbers, emergency phone number)
  • Tidy up after self- put things away in it’s proper place (place for everything and everything in it’s place)
  • Wet dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming
  • Make bed and change bedding and bathroom towel
  • Set/clear table
  • Wash dishes or put dishes into dishwasher
  • Gardening/maintenance (weed, water plants, rake leaves, tidy yard) etc
  • Care of a family pet (feeding, walking) etc
  • Set and use an alarm
  • Write thank you notes
  • Meal preparation or make simple meals
  • Laundry- hang out or fold laundry or wash/dry own clothes
  • Collect mail
  • Wipe down counters in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Care of rubbish, recycling or compost bins
  • Help to meal plan/create a shopping list and shop for ingredients
  • Keep a personal calendar

At the end of a school day, when we all get home, both of my children put their shoes and bags on a designated rack space and then put their snack/lunch boxes onto the kitchen counter ready to be washed and packed for the next day. We are yet to do this, but I am thinking of creating a space to put any paper work/items that my children bring home. My children go to a school that has a no homework policy, but they do sometimes bring home Birthday Invitations or other letters/forms.

Possible Interests at this age:

  • Investigation and discovery- read and research topics. This is something that my six year old is very interested in.
  • Building social relationships
  • Language- reading, writing, spelling, using a journal, learning a second language.
  • Maths- currency, understanding time and how to read and write the time (digital and analogue clock), learn and practice taking measurements, using scales, a measuring tape, thermometer etc.
  • Science- learn basic concepts with science experiments, learning about Earth Sciences (rocks, minerals, crystals) or Space. We have a few lovely Science reference books at home on all sorts of topics.
  • Music/Music Theory- learning to play an instrument, listen and learn lyrics to songs. My daughter has started to learn how to read and write notes at school.
  • Coding- my daughter has been introduced to this at school
  • Art- more structured art lessons or access to more specific/challenging art materials. We are currently still using ArtVenture. Nature journalling is popular in our home.
  • Simple Magic tricks and child-friendly jokes
  • Dramatic play
  • Outdoor skills- using a compass, climbing trees, building and creating with items found outside, playing on outdoor play equipment.
Learning to skip at 6 years.jpg
Learning a new skill- learning to using a skipping rope (jump rope)

Building on current skills or learning something new: 

  • Learn to tie shoelaces
  • Ride a bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblading, roller skating etc
  • Learn to swim
  • Gardening and composting
  • Play a team sport, join a club or attend classes. There is free activities for kids, often in the school holidays.
  • Camping, hiking, bush walking, nature walks (bring a compass, binoculars, magnifying glass, journal, field guides)
  • Pottery or woodworking
  • Backyard games- Elastics. My daughter has just started to learn to play this.

Toy/Material ideas

  • Art supplies including items for molding such as clay or plasticine
  • Construction such as Lego
  • Sewing, knitting, crochet or cross stitch
  • Paper folding- Origami
  • Puzzles that are more challenging (jigsaw or Tangram)
  • Books and audio books- including reference books and maybe early readers or early chapter books
  • Baking equipment
  • Gardening equipment
  • Sports- outdoor activities/equipment (we have tennis rackets, soccer ball, hoola hoop, skipping ropes)
  • Electronics- clip circuits

Past related blog posts

  1. Observation in a Montessori Lower Primary (Cycle 2 classroom) for 6-9 years and notes on the Second Plane of Development.
  2. Notes from a Montessori information talk
  3. Cycle 2 school transition

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