Joining the Group

Church, Ellen Booth
September 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Sep2004, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p76
The article reports that each child is experiencing feelings related to defining themselves in a new group setting. Traditionally, the beginning of the school year is a good time to focus on your child's developing self-concept. She is experiencing the excitement of growing up and attending the big kids' school, and all of the thoughts and feelings related to how she will define herself. One of the greatest challenges fives and sixes face is developing a strong, positive sense of self within a larger group of children. Even if your child went to preschool and was comfortable in the group there, the kindergarten classroom is a much bigger pond to navigate. When the dimensions change, so do child's emotions and thinking.


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