The 6th Grader

The Sixth Grader
Is your eleven-year-old on track? Below are some general development milestones to help you understand your child's progress over the school year. Keep in mind that every child is different and may not fit perfectly into this framework.


Where They Are

The average eleven-year-old is heading towards adolescence. He/She:
  • Shows more self-assertion and curiosity.
  • Is socially expansive and aware.
  • Is physically exuberant, restless, wiggly, and talks a lot.
  • Has a range and intensity of emotions.
  • Is moody and easily frustrated.
  • Can relate feelings.
  • Is competitive, wants to excel, and may put down "out group".
  • Exhibits "off-color" humor and silliness.
  • Teases and tussles.

Where They're Going

School isn't just academics. At eleven-years-old, your child is making the transition to adolescence. You can help by encouraging your child as she/he:
  • Copes with changes.
  • Transitions to adolescence.
  • Works on her/his interpersonal skills.
  • Handles peer groups/pressure.
  • Develops personal interests and abilities.
  • Takes on greater responsibility for her/his behavior and decisions.