7 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Get out your books! Your child will want to practice their reading skills at home, which will help them recognize common words and phrases. By this age, expect your child to have a basic knowledge of the alphabet, addition and subtraction, and continue to explore objects with their hands. Remember to check out free after school COMPASS programs, which offer lots of activities to help your child’s development outside of normal class time.


Homework Help

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Need help with English or math? Come to the library for a 20-minute homework session!  

Early Readers Storytime

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This program aims to continue the practice of storytime for older children. Each week, participants will discuss a book and do a craft or related reading activity.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Pay as You Wish

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Take your kids to visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum to enjoy fun, educational exhibits. Pay as you wish on Thursday and Sunday afternoons!


Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

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

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

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

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

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

Students can get free health care in their school.


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

What most 7 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Want to be liked and accepted by friends
    • Able to take turns during play
    • Play board games and can understand rules
    • Show an awareness to the points of view of others
  • Communication

    • Master most speech sounds and talk fluently
    • Able to describe common objects and explain what they are used for
    • Can hold long conversations and tell jokes
    • Understand and follow through routines on a daily basis
    • Use the telephone
    • Read out loud
  • Learning

    • Understand similarities and opposites
    • Start to read by themselves and appreciate age-appropriate books
    • Can copy more complex shapes such as a diamond
    • Can tie shoe laces independently
  • Physical Development

    • Can throw, catch, and kick a ball
    • Start to lose baby teeth
    • Run up and down stairs
    • Can balance on one foot without looking
    • Dress themselves
    • Can ride a two-wheeled bike
  • 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 milk daily
    • Have 4 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and heavy 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 shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Has difficulty following instructions
    • Frequently reverses letters when writing
    • Has a hard time using scissors
    • Seems to be afraid of going to school
    • Wets their pants during the day
    • Is often confused when having a conversation with friends or in the classroom
    • Cannot complete simple tasks, even when helped by adult
    • Is not willing to compromise or be flexible
    • Stumbles or falls often when feet leave the ground