No two six-year olds are exactly alike in every way, but they do have many common characteristics. They have stars in their eyes, loose teeth in their mouths, questions in their minds, Bandaids on their knees and forgiveness in their hearts. First graders are undergoing many physical changes that improve hand-eye coordination, although they can still be awkward with a pencil and scissors. Many varied activities are necessary to hold their attention during the long school day. Six-year olds show an increasing sense of self. They learn by participation and exploration. First graders are easily excited and have a wide range of emotions. They need many successful experiences and thrive on praise and approval.