Gender Differences: Kindergarten
- Gender Differences: 1st Grade
- Gender Differences: 2nd Grade
- Gender Differences in Language Abilities: Evidence from Brain Imaging
- Cognitive Gender Differences
- Gender Differences in Play
- Gender Differences: Preschool
According to popular lore, by age five, girls are studious junior academics while boys are rough and tumble little terrors. That’s an exaggerated view, but not a complete tall tale.
18% of male Kindergarteners struggle to pay attention in class, compared to 9% of girls.
- 14% of boys have trouble communicating and speaking clearly, compared to only 7% of girls.
- Boys have a harder time sitting still, and are more likely to get in trouble.
According to Michael Gurian, author of The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life, developmental delays in the areas of the brain which control language are common in young boys. Many also have difficulties acquiring fine motor skills and developing their impulse control. Now that Kindergarteners are often expected to dive into the world of academics rather than simply cutting and pasting, these late-developers can become over-stressed and under-confident.