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Oh, Behave! Personal Skills Your Child Needs Before Next Year (page 3)

Oh, Behave! Personal Skills Your Child Needs Before Next Year

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Updated on Apr 8, 2013

Fifth Grade

“With a majority of my students, no one had talked to them about wearing deodorant and basic hygiene. It's kind of awkward to bring up but I feel it's something they should know.” –Merisenda Bills, fourth and fifth grade teacher at San Antonio Elementary School in San Jose, California

By the time kids have reached fifth grade, they should be aware of the physical changes that await them in the future and the basics of personal hygiene. It might be time for an awkward but necessary talk with your child!

What else should your child be able to do to be ready for fifth grade?

  • Organize school supplies: This can’t be stressed enough. Fifth graders should have organized binders and assignment books ready to go so they can focus their time on the increasing academic demands they will face instead of making sense of their disorganized notes.
  • Be a good sport: The hyper-competitive, win-at-all-costs attitude of early elementary school won’t be as tolerated in fifth grade, when children are expected to show more maturity.
  • Work quietly for 30 minutes.

Worrying about your child’s academic future can be overwhelming enough, but the personal milestones reached along the way can be just as important. Have fun with it and celebrate the new things your child does. The first time she ties her shoes or gets through the day without an accident, for example, celebrate with cookies and a movie. With preparation, your child can make behavior second nature and focus her efforts toward a great education!

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