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Cognitive DevelopmentPhysical DevelopmetSix-year-old meI was still developing my reading skills, but I loved reading, and enjoyed being read to. I read all of the Junie B. Jones books when I was six. I remember wanting to read some books that were a little advanced for me, so every night before bed, my dad and I would read books togehter. He helped me pronounce and understand words I hadn't learned yet. I was also developing my writing skills. I was learning how to write in print and in cursive at age 6. I could do basic addition and subtraction, and could count to 100, and I was learning the different ways to count - by 2's, by 5's, by 10's, etc. I was learning to ride a bike, but still using training wheels at this age. I also had a scooter that I enjoyed riding. I played soccer, and was really starting to learn the proper way to kick a ball, settle the ball, do a throw-in, etc. I was extremely tall for my age and remember being "off the charts" or in the 99th percentile for height, and towering over my classmates. My dad and his side of the family are tall, but I grew rapidly.
Cognitive DevelopmentPhysical DevelopmetSixteen-year-old meI took several classes in high school that involved debates, which allowed me to develop my own opinions. Turning 16 came with new responsibilities. Getting my license and a car meant I had a sense of independence, and really felt like I was becoming an adult. But getting a car meant I needed money to pay for gas and insurance, so I had to get a job. I learned the importance of saving money for bills and expenses. Even though I wasn't of age to vote yet, I started