The school-age years bring new and exciting challenges and rewards for children. The school-age child develops a sense of personal competence using feedback from important adults and peers in their lives as well as their own self-evaluation. During this time, they learn basic academic and social skills, forming the basis of their future learning. Additionally, children begin to develop important aspects of self-awareness and make social comparisons that help them understand who they are.

As a parent, it’s important to be involved in your child’s education. Watch how your child takes in information. Monitor your child’s growth to help ensure he/she is growing academically, socially and behaviorally. It is also very important to understand what can be done to meet your child’s individual needs. Find out about your child’s school, its educational style, grading methods and get to know your child’s teachers.

“She is a tree of life for those who hold fast to her, and happy are those who support her.”

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers 3:18