Fifth grade: the “bridge to middle school” and the senior year of elementary school! In fifth grade we also strive to achieve a higher level of responsibility, organization and independence, knowing these are skills they need not only this year but especially throughout the rest of their lives. Your child will build on the skills they have developed in fourth grade and study many of the same subjects at a higher level. That means big gains in academia, and often growth spurts and hormone surges. Each child moves at a different rate, and it can be a wild ride!
For most fifth graders, all these subjects come together in a year that is rich with friends, learning, and fun. Don’t be shocked, however, if you hit bumps along the way. The “tween” years are just around the corner, with all sorts of new issues beckoning. Stay in touch with your teacher, listen to your child, and don’t hesitate to seek help if you feel you need it. Kids may think they know everything, but teachers understand that kids rarely do well all by themselves. It happens when adults in their lives help. It’s a thankless job sometimes, but in the end, it can be one of the best things you’ll ever do.