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 after school programs, which offer a comprehensive range of activities to enrich your child’s educational experience. Scroll down to learn more!


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 their 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 talk about 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 excited 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 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:

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