The Big Kids
By this age they may be the oldest in the elementary school. The fundamentals of their reading and math are established empowering them to continue to grow academically. They have a concrete sense of history and can visualize the future.
There is a wide range of maturity in this age group - physically and emotionally. Their friends are increasingly more important and they are relying on outside sources for information. They are developing a sense of consequences and personal responsibility. But be gentle with your comments because their self-esteem is taking hits from their own internal messaging and from peer pressure.
Don't be fooled into thinking that they don't need parents and that "none of their friends' parents" are looking in on them! They are still children learning to spread their wings and take risks - all under your watchful eye with a safety net for mistakes.
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