Age 12

Age 12

At the age of twelve an average child is entering the stage in-between childish and mature behavior. Your child is spirited and enthusiastic. He can “stay put” longer and exercise self-control. This will result in becoming less moody and good-natured around adults. The child will develop a growing sense of intuition and insight into self and others and becomes increasingly self-reliant and self-centered. He will be curious but not ready for long term planning.

At this age your child is learning how to be independent as he undergoes many changes. You can help by encouraging him as he:

* Learns to cope with changes.
* Makes the transition to adolescence.
* Works on interpersonal skills.
* Adjusts to peer groups and pressure.
* Develops his personal interests and abilities.
* Gains a greater sense of responsibility for behavior and decisions.

Signs of Difficulty

Most seventh graders are entering a period of change on all fronts. They are on the threshold of becoming teenagers and are trying to determine who they are and what they can do separately from their families. To navigate this year successfully, seventh graders must learn how to balance academics and their social life and need to have confidence in their academic abilities.

Your child will have trouble if he is not able to: Establish a feeling of belonging with a group who shares the same ideas, appreciate their own individuality, Avoid risk-taking behaviors, complete and turn in all assignments in a timely fashion, accept responsibility.

Skills Your Child Should Learn this Year

The learning pace increases in seventh grade because children are asked to handle a more challenging curriculum and do independent projects in many of their subjects. In addition, the curriculum broadens beyond language arts, math, social studies, and science as seventh graders begin to have daily classes in such areas as foreign language, art, music, health, home economics, shop, keyboarding, and physical education.

Your child will learn to:

* Read and analyze high quality literature including some classical works;
* Write papers that are mechanically correct and more than one page in length;
* Express themselves orally in a clear and organized way;
* Understand medieval and early modern times in world history and/or the emergence of the United States as a world power;
* Understand angles and symmetry and construct various 3-dimensional objects, plane figures, parallel lines and circles;
* Handle statistics (mean, median, mode) and determine the probability of events;
* Solve simple equations containing a variable;
* Understand in greater depth the concepts of atomic structure, chemical bonds and reactions, genetics, and weather ;
* Conduct scientific experiments using dependent and independent variables;
* Appreciate art and music and acquire basic skills in these areas.

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