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 3420 Be aware and be informed Extracurricular and social activities generally increase for students in the upper elementary grades. A whole new world opens up as your child ventures out to attend school functions, sleepovers, and birthday parties. With more exposure to the outside world, it’s important for you to be aware of what effect these outside influences may have on your child’s development.  Friends greatly influence your child’s choices. It is, therefore, im- portant that you know who your child is spending time with. Invite your child’s friends into your home and get to know them. Also, be available to drive them to various activities. You’ll learn a great deal just by listening to them talk.  Before giving permission for your child to attend a sleepover, birth- day party, or play date, talk with the host parent. Find out who will be there and what kind of activities are planned.  Know what kinds of music your child is listening to, what videos and TV shows your child is watching, and which video games he/she is playing. Also know where your child is going online. Students need a certain amount of freedom; however, they still need their parents to provide guidelines and limits.  It is never too early to talk to your child about the dangers of alco- hol, drugs, and smoking. Make sure that your child knows where you stand on these issues.