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.

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Our tips for helping your child have a smooth start.

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