8 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Watch your child’s personality develop before your eyes as they form close friendships with classmates and peers! Inviting their friends over to the house will help your child feel more secure and supported. Remember to take advantage of COMPASS NYC afterschool programs, which offer a comprehensive range of activities to enrich your child’s educational experience. Scroll down to learn more!


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.


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.

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.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

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


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

What most 8 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Develop a strong moral sense of right and wrong
    • Show increasing compassion for others
    • Develop a sense of privacy
    • Have playmates of the same gender
  • Communication

    • Can articulate experiences, thoughts, and feelings
    • Use polite phrases like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
    • Know different tenses and grammar
    • May have favorite subjects at school and are often enthusiastic about discussing what they want to do when they grow up
  • Learning

    • Understand and can carry out multiple-step instructions
    • Can create simple stories
    • Understand conversations between other children
    • Know months and seasons
    • Begin to read books on their own
  • Physical Development

    • Can catch a tennis ball in one hand
    • Have increased strength in the large muscles of the arms and legs
    • Can change direction while running, throw more accurately, and jump or climb with more comfort
  • 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:

    • Complains of stomach or headaches before going to school
    • Is unable to tie shoelaces
    • Still wets the bed at night
    • Does not respect personal space of others
    • Has little empathy for the feelings of others
    • Has trouble finding right word when communicating
    • Can’t get dressed independently
    • Gets tired easily with every activity
    • Is unable to ride a bike without training wheels