How They Grow in Fourth Grade
Where They Are
Nine is a time of rapid learning for kids. Nine-year-olds:
- Want to put some distance between themselves and adults, and may rebel against authority.
- Need to be part of a group.
- Seek independence.
- Possess a high activity level.
- Can express a wide range of emotions and verbalize easily.
- Can empathize.
- Can think independently and critically, but are tied to peer standards.
- Begin to increase their sense of truthfulness.
- Are typically not self-confident.
Where They're Going
At nine years old, your child is learning how to make decisions and set standards. You can help by encouraging your child as she:
- Begins making decisions.
- Gains a greater sense of responsibility.
- Sets personal standards.
- Develops personal interests and abilities.
- Develops social skills.
- Learns to engage in group decision-making.
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