Tips for parents of fifth graders

For fifth-grader who comes to school on 1 September, everything is new. The transition of pupils from primary to secondary school coincides with a peculiar late childhood — stable period of development in a child’s life. Yesterday he was young, and tomorrow will be a solid fifth-grader. In fifth grade your child will find a new adulthood, a new system of instruction: the class teacher and subject teachers who teach new subjects in different rooms. Some fifth graders are proud to have grown up, and is quickly drawn into the learning process, while others experience changes in school life, and adapting to them is delayed. The successful adaptation of a younger teenager depends not only on its intellectual readiness, but also on how well he is able to build relationships and communicate with classmates and teachers, to comply with school rules, to be guided in new situations. In this period, children often change — anxious without any obvious reason, become timid, or, conversely, a cheeky, too much fuss. As a result the boys reduced efficiency, they become forgetful, disorganized, sometimes in children worsen sleep and appetite.Therefore, among the difficulties of school children:

the increased pace of work: children who aren’t able to write quickly, do not have time;

the increased volume of work both in class and at home;

new requirements for execution of works;

the need to find further information (literature) and work with it.

In case of difficulties of adaptation of them can testify the following characteristics:

Tired, tired appearance of the child.

The reluctance of the child to share their impressions about the day.

The desire to distract the adult from school events, to shift attention to other topics.

The reluctance to do homework.

Negative characteristics at the school, teachers, classmates.

Complaints on those or other events associated with the school.

Restless sleep.

Difficulty morning awakening, fatigue.

Constant complaints of poor health.

All the experiences of this age are natural and help students to grow up, so parents and teachers just need to be more attentive and kinder to the guys in the new period of their school life.

The causes of psychological difficulties:

Increasing the level of anxiety of the family related to the training of the child in the fifth grade.

Increasing the level of anxiety of the child.

The degree of the child’s adaptation to the new conditions from those requirements imposed by the child family, his inner circle.

The degree of adaptation of the child from his own nature, his academic performance in elementary school.

The degree of academic and social motivation of a fifth-grader, his desire to engage in academic and extra-curricular contacts.

The state of his physical health associated with age-related changes in the body and psychological climate in class.

The impact of self-esteem of the child to adapt to school (the lower the self-esteem, the more difficulties the child has in school).In order to understand the kind of help a child, it is important to know what difficulties he is facing, what problems occur in the present situation. Parent help at first often need students and in the preparation of homework (even if in elementary school children doing homework independently), and in overcoming the learning difficulties that often arise in the early stages of secondary school.

You should pay attention of parents to the fact that poorer performance is significantly associated with the peculiarities of the adaptation period.


The first condition of success school fifth — grader- unconditional acceptance of the child, despite the setbacks, with whom he has already faced or may face.

Mandatory parents manifestation of interest in school, the class in which a child learns to them every passing day of school. Informal communication with your child after the last day of school.

The inadmissibility of criticism of the child in the presence of other people (teachers, peers).

Accounting temperament of the child during the period of adaptation to schooling. Slow and unsociable children are much more difficult to get used to new conditions.

The provision of child autonomy in academic work and sound business control over its educational activities.

Encourage the child, and not only for educational success. Moral stimulation of the child’s achievements.

The development of self-control, self-esteem and self-sufficiency of the child.

Famous educator and psychologist Simon Soloveychik, the name of which is significant for a generation of students, parents and teachers, in one of his books has published rules that can help parents to prepare the child for independent living among their classmates at school during the adaptation period. Parents need to explain the rights of the child and with their help to prepare the child for adult life.

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