Social Development by Grade Level

Social Changes, Grade by Grade

1st Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Observant 1st graders love to share their developing sense of humor.

2nd Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Kids in 2nd grade become more independent at home and school and more selective about the friends they make.

3rd Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

At this age, friendships and interests outside the family start becoming more important.

4th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Socializing with friends and getting involved in activities outside of school are a big part of being a 4th grader.

5th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Kids of this age are seeking more privacy and independence, but they still need their parents to be involved and to set boundaries.

6th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

This is a year of transitions, from the physical and emotional changes of adolescence to the new environment of middle school.

7th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

The beginning of the teenage years is a confusing time for many adolescents—and for parents trying to understand their behavior.

8th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

In 8th grade, kids enjoy being the oldest students in school and look forward to the increased freedoms of high school.

High School: What To Expect in 10th Grade

Sophomores have more choices at school and may need help to stay focused.

High School: What To Expect in 11th Grade

Junior year is about preparing for college and learning to drive.

High School: What To Expect in 12th Grade

Seniors often struggle to stay motivated as they near the end of high school and look toward college.

High School: What To Expect in 9th Grade

Freshman year is about adjusting to high school and choosing an academic track.

Kindergarten Social Changes: What To Expect

For kindergartners, school is all about having fun and making friends.

Building Social Skills

How Peer Pressure Affects Your Child

Peer pressure is one of parents' biggest concerns, but experts say it doesn’t work the way we typically think it does.

Adjusting to the New School Year

Our tips for helping your child have a smooth start.