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 3423 Know what to expect Third graders are generally more courageous and more confident. At home, you might notice that your child looks for ways to become more independent. While children may develop strong friendships at this age, they’re often better at making friends than keeping them. It’s not unusual for third graders to want to spend all of their time with a best friend. Physical changes By age 9, some children are beginning to experience early signs of puberty, especially girls. (Boys are more likely to enter puberty around age 10 or 11.) Some children feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the changes to their bodies. They might find that different parts of their bodies are changing and growing at different times and at different rates. A third grader’s arms or legs, for example, may suddenly seem out of proportion. Some third graders also experience a growth spurt, not only in height, but also in weight. Keep in mind that children grow and develop at their own pace. Parents can help their children develop a positive self-image by reas- suring them that all of the changes they’re going through are normal, by reinforcing personal hygiene, and by helping their children choose clothes that are flattering and stylish. Most importantly, remember to praise your child often for his /her talents, personal traits, and appearance. Third Grade