The Changing Needs of the 9 to 12 Year Old

SEPARATION OF THE FAMILY

  • vacilates from wanting total independence to wanting to be “babied”

PHYSICAL STAMINA

  • capable, creative, funny and witty

HERD INSTINCT

  • increased need for social interactions
  • seeks best friend, usually same gender
  • more socially conscious
  • increasingly influenced by peers
  • obsessive concern with “fitting in”

MORAL DEVELOPMENT

  • increased idealism
  • moral consciousness
  • wish to serve
  • need to verbally express thoughts and ideas
  • developing high sense of morals and justice
  • cliques and feeling of hurt and exclusion become common
  • interest in fantasy and boys interested in violence
  • vocabulary sinks to lowest common denominator
  • wants to negotiate over everything
  • running commentary and sarcasm are commonplace

DEVELOPING IMAGINATION

  • skill level acquired in lower elementary enables the exploration of the bigger universe of ideas

HERO WORSHIP

  • hunger for peer interaction
  • idealistic – is looking for a hero

DEVELOPING INTELLECTUAL AND THE POWERS OF ABSTRACTION

  • can work longer with more concentration
  • a wish and ability to take more responsibility for their learning
  • increased skill level
  • ability to handle open ended goals
  • awareness of cause and effect relationships

GREAT WORK

  • able to work longer on bigger works
  • patience
  • focuses in on details

DEVELOPING SENSE OF RESPONSIBLE INDEPENDENCE

  • able to go out on their own
  • internalises socially acceptable behavior for different situations

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