By Joyce Destefanis, M.A. , Nancy Firchow, M.L.S.
During grades 1 through 3, you won't see dramatic changes in your child's motor skills because this is a period of refinement, when coordination improves and fine motor skills are sharpened. But you will notice remarkable changes in social and thinking skills. Your child is now building on the base of skills developed during early childhood and moving toward greater independence, both intellectually and emotionally.
Here are some of the milestones you can expect of your 8-year-old:
At 8, your child has a strong need to "belong."
Remember that although the milestones mentioned here are typical, children pass through these stages at their own pace. Some will be earlier, some a little later. Discuss any concerns you may have about your child's development with her pediatrician or teacher.
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