9 year-olds *
- better coordinated
- likes to push their physical limits; tires easily
- complains about aches, pains, injuries, and hurt feelings
- may twist hair, bite nails, or purse lips to relieve tension
- more individualistic
- often feels worried or anxious
- often complains about fairness issues
- critical of self and others (including adults)
- can be sullen, moody, aloof and negative; often says "I hate it.", "It's boring.", etc.
- likes to negotiate - this is the age of "Let's make a deal."
- loves descriptive language, word play, and new vocabulary
- sometimes reverts to baby talk
- enjoys exaggeration, "dirty" jokes, and graffiti
- industrious and intellectually curious, but less imaginative than at eight
- beginning to see the "bigger world", including issues of fairness and justice
- able to manage more than one concept at a time, such as "long ago and far away"
- has trouble understanding abstractions, or vast areas of space
- reading to learn, instead of learning to read
* Yardsticks , Chip Wood, 3rd Edition