The Second Grade Growth Spurt
Second grade brings a world of changes to growing bodies and minds. Here's what's in store.
What You Need To Know
Second grade is smack dab in the center of what's considered "middle childhood"--a time of great change physically and emotionally. Kids' bodies will go through all kinds of developments:
- a growth spurt of two to three inches this year
- bigger feet (hello, new shoes)
- losing teeth and getting their 6-year molars
- better hand-eye coordination (helps when playing sports)
- better fine motor skills (means better handwriting and drawing)
In addition, they'll also be maturing mentally and emotionally. Your child will start to understand about saving money and taking care of his own hygiene. Kids this age tend to judge themselves, so take care not to equate unwanted behavior with "being bad."
How Can You Help
Kids of this age need a sense of belonging outside the family. Sign them up for karate class or let them join the volleyball team.
Concentrate on the many "teachable moments" this stage of development offers up. When your child acts out--say, throws a handful of salad across the room, seize this opportunity to say, "I know you're upset, but throwing arugula isn't a good way to handle it. What can you do next time instead?" Oh come on, just try it.
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