8 Reasons Why Eight is the Best Age

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At ECC I teach kids of all ages.  The youngest can barely walk; some can’t even speak Japanese yet, while the oldest are already thinking about what career paths they might want to take.  It is amazing to see the difference a year can make, and to see how similar behavioural patterns emerge throughout each school year. I have goo’ed and gah’ed over the adorable, tiny little ones, and I have had in-depth discussions with the older kids on topics as wide-ranging as the cuteness of Kyary Pamyu-Pamyu, whether or not it’s normal to believe in ghosts, and just how much gore is too much gore in Attack on Titan.

I have thought long and hard about this; I have assessed the pros and cons of each age group, and come to the conclusion that there is indeed a sweet spot – an age that is the perfect age; right in the middle – 8 years old.  Here are eight reasons why this is true, for me at least:

  1. Their brains are big enough to absorb and remember a lot of what you are teaching them
  1. They are (usually) old enough to have gotten over the tears
  1. They have already been in school long enough that they know they have to respect your authority and listen to what you say
  1. They understand and respond to such teaching methods as guilt trips and bribery far better than younger kids
  1. They are interested in playing games, and imaginative enough to invent their own
  1. They are not quite at the age of being ‘too cool for school’
  1. They respond to the threat of being kicked out class because they aren’t quite at the age where getting out of studying seems like a good thing.
  1. They are still happy to get hugs (well, the girls at least)

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Bonus:         (Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7-8-9!)

So, what do you think of my list?  What do you think the best age is?  And what magical method can I use when I eventually have my own kids, to fast-forward through the snotty age, and pause right before they get cynical?

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