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 3419 The summer after first grade As the school year winds down, your child may experience a physical growth spurt, sometimes as much as 2 or 3 inches. Muscles develop, and children generally become more coordinated. You’ll notice this as your child jumps rope, plays ball, or rides a bike. You may also notice changes in your child’s social development. At this age, children are often interested in helping others, and they par- ticipate more readily in group and team activities. Consider your child’s interests and look for group activities that he/she will enjoy. Swim clubs, community centers, and gymnastics clubs all provide positive group experiences that will boost your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. To help your child learn about the world and the area in which you live, talk to your child about the people who work in your community (e.g., postal workers, firefighters, police). Identify a few local civic lead- ers and explain what they do. Look at maps in print and online, and make a simple map of your neighborhood. Since children this age tend to have more control over their small muscles, encourage your child to write, color, and draw. You could, for example, tell an interesting family story, and then ask your child to draw a picture about the story. As children approach age 8, they’re able to understand the concept of saving money. Consider giving your child an allowance and setting up a savings account. This is a great way to begin teaching your child financial responsibility.