6 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Watch with pride as your child’s social skills continue to grow! More time spent with classmates and peers will help them memorize songs and stories, practice counting, adding, and subtracting, and utilize other skills learned in school!  Also, scroll down to learn more about free afterschool COMPASS NYC programs, which provide academic, cultural, and enrichment activities to strengthen your child’s development!

Events

Claremont in Motion Bike Ride

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Families are welcome to come out on Saturdays for our Bike Ride Program! Bikes provided.

Library Lab: (STEM)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.

Library Lab

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.

Programs

After school programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

COMPASS NYC has hundreds of programs for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade.

School breakfast and lunch

SchoolFood

NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and low-price lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Your child can get free medical services in their school.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 6 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Begin to separate from caregiver without huge distress
    • Have increased willingness to spend time with peers
    • Begin to develop close-knit relationships with one or more peers/friends
    • Develop exposure to organized social settings
  • Communication

    • Develop a strong ability to speak and understand spoken language
    • Recite songs, stories, poems from memory
    • Have frequent interactions with peers and adults to express themselves in English and native language
  • Learning

    • Count, add, subtract, explore shapes
    • Understand that numerals stand for number names (“5” stands for “five”)
    • Have basic alphabet knowledge, letter recognition, letter-sound relationships
  • Physical Development

    • Develop increased levels of agility and coordination
    • Have a degree of dexterity and fine motor skills
  • Health

    • Have 5 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 to 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 2 ½ cups of milk daily
    • Have 4 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and vigorous physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more (unless sleeping)
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Has a stutter or lisp when talking
    • Gets ‘left’ and ‘right’ confused more than peers
    • Has difficulty following directions
    • Has limited eye contact
    • Avoids social situations, even in familiar environments
    • Has difficulty making friends
    • Has trouble sitting still for extended periods
    • Can’t skip, hop, or jump
    • Is unable to throw and catch a small ball
    • Is aggressive with other children