Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3417 These facts and tips will help you guide and support your child through the upper elementary grades. Understanding the changes Students in the upper elementary grades can sometimes challenge and frustrate even the most patient and caring parents. However, when parents take a look at the changes their children are going through, it’s much easier to understand why they act the way they do. Physical Changes Students in the upper elementary grades are on the edge of puberty. Because students mature at different rates, students between the ages of 9 and 12 come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Students who start to go through puberty before they leave elementary school often feel self-conscious or embarrassed by the changes in their bodies. They may find that different parts of their bodies are changing and growing at different times and at different rates. A young person’s arms or legs, for example, may suddenly seem out of proportion. Stu- dents who are growing and maturing at a slower rate than their peers may experience similar insecurities. Every child is an individual who will grow and develop at his/her own rate. Regardless of the rate of development, parents can expect that the physical changes and the emergence of hormones will sometimes leave their child feeling tired, achy, and just plain cranky. Parents can help their children develop a positive self-image by teaching them about personal hygiene, helping them choose clothes that are stylish and flattering, and by reassuring them that all of the changes they’re going through are normal. Most importantly, parents need to reassure their children that they look great. Facts and Tips for Parents