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Wondering about your fifth grader's social life?  Here's the skinny on what's going on
Here are some of the neurological differences you may notice between boys and girls in the years surrounding first grade.
As second graders show a sharp growth of body, they are also experiencing an amazing growth of mind. They're getting smarter, which changes their lives at school and at home. For parents, this can be an exciting change, but it also brings new challenges. Read this slideshow to learn what's going on in your child's head and what you should do as a parent.
Parents begin nurturing their children's self-esteem at birth, and it ebbs and flows over time. Still, fifth grade is a great stage to focus on self-esteem.
Expert advice from a school psychologist on how parents can better understand their second grader.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, young girls enjoy math just as much as boys. Somewhere along the way, though, their enthusiasm gets quashed.
In third grade, children are really growing up. They have a couple years of elementary school under their belt, and they're past many basic learning milestones. So what comes next? What can you expect to see from your child this school year? Read this slideshow to find out what's happening in the excited minds of third graders.
Third graders are ready to really learn about physical education. Here are some examples of third grade movement milestones:
Wondering about your fourth grader's social life?  Here's the skinny on what's going on.
During the fourth grade school year students crave physical challenges more than ever. Here's a checklist of new movement milestones in your fourth grade child:
Here are some important movement milestones for your fifth grade child:
Second graders are rapidly maturing and establishing identities for themselves. They are learning to think smarter, be more social and take care of themselves, but they're still young kids with kid-like emotions, and you're still a parent who should know what to do. Learn what's happening with your child's emotions, and take a few of our tips.
You may have thought your child was social before, but you haven't seen anything yet! Second grade is the year when children truly become social creatures. They become immersed in their school lives, withdrawing from adults and forming circles of friends. For children, this is very exciting but also comes with some stress. For parents, it means that a whole new set of parenting skills need mastering. Read on to find out what happens in the social lives of second graders and how you can help your kid through this important developmental stage.
Picture a fourth grader immersed in a book or journal. Was the child you imagined male or female?  You probably saw a girl â and your guess was probably right.
If your child suddenly developed a me-first, gimme-gimme attitude once first grade hit, it's not a coincidence. Learn why first grade is the year that finishing first becomes first priority to children, and find out how you can deal with it.
There's a lot going on for third graders. School's getting tougher, their bodies are growing quickly and they're establishing an identity for themselves. Perhaps their biggest focus, however, is their social life. Their friendships become closer and more complex. They look past the adults in their lives and they look forward to seeing their friends, many of whom may stick around for years to come. It's an exciting time for them. For parents, there's a whole new set of things to know. Read this slideshow to learn about the social development of your third grader.
If you thought the end of kindergarten meant the end of all the arguments, tantrums, crying, ups, downs and in-betweens, we've got bad news for you. Children in first grade are bound to endure a storm of emotional whirlwinds. Some of it makes sense and some of it doesn't, but how you react can help your child through this stage of life. Check out this slideshow to find out what your first grader will do and what you should do.
The brain of a first grader can be tough to predict. One minute, your little one has it all figured out, and the next, he's making no sense at all. As a parent, you may not know what to think. Luckily, we've got it broken down for you. Check out this slideshow to learn what first graders are like and what you can do with yours.
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