Where They Are
Nine is a time
of general confusion 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
· 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.
At nine years old, your child is learning how to make decisions and set standards. You can
help by encouraging your child as she/he:
· 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.
quite dramatically for students in fourth grade. Your child will be applying reading
skills in content area subjects such as social studies, science, and health. Study skills
will become very important as kids will now be asked to write reports and handle long-term
assignments. Find out what else your child will learn this year.
· Divide by one-and two-digit numbers.
· Use calculators and computers.
· Add and subtract fractions.
· Use contextual clues to discover the meaning of
· Understand and use the steps of the writing process
from pre-writing to the final draft.
· Write research reports.
· Locate information in the library.
· Use encyclopedias, newspapers, atlases, and
magazines as resources.
· Understand the history and geography of their
· Recognize how science is at work in the world
around them, especially through technology.