The Second Grader

Attributes of Second Graders
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association

Is your seven-year-old on track? Below are some general development milestones to help you understand your child's progress over the school year. Keep in mind that every child is different and may not fit perfectly into this framework.

Where They Are
At seven, kids begin to calm down a bit. They:
  • Begin to reason and concentrate.
  • Worry, are self-critical, and may express a lack of confidence.
  • Demand more of their teacher's time.
  • Dislike being singled out, even for praise.
Where They're Going

School isn't just academics. Your child's teachers are also helping her grow socially. At seven-years-old, your child is continuing to learn about herself and others. You can help by encouraging her as she:
  • Develops a concept of herself.
  • Begins to understand others.
  • Gains respect for others.
  • Builds relationships with others.
  • Develops a sense of responsibility.