Social Changes, Grade by Grade
Observant 1st graders love to share their developing sense of humor.
Kids in 2nd grade become more independent at home and school and more selective about the friends they make.
At this age, friendships and interests outside the family start becoming more important.
Socializing with friends and getting involved in activities outside of school are a big part of being a 4th grader.
Kids of this age are seeking more privacy and independence, but they still need their parents to be involved and to set boundaries.
This is a year of transitions, from the physical and emotional changes of adolescence to the new environment of middle school.
The beginning of the teenage years is a confusing time for many adolescents—and for parents trying to understand their behavior.
In 8th grade, kids enjoy being the oldest students in school and look forward to the increased freedoms of high school.
Sophomores have more choices at school and may need help to stay focused.
Junior year is about preparing for college and learning to drive.
Seniors often struggle to stay motivated as they near the end of high school and look toward college.
Freshman year is about adjusting to high school and choosing an academic track.
For kindergartners, school is all about having fun and making friends.
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