Understanding 8-9-Year-Olds

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Understanding 8-9-Year-Olds describes how children grow and change as they move further away from reliance on home and family, out into the world of school and community.

Children of this age develop preferences as well as opinions based on their experience of new relationships and activities. For many children, it is a period of relative calm as they develop through new skills while accumulating knowledge. Biddy Youell looks at the ways in which eight and nine year olds ...

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Overview

Understanding 8-9-Year-Olds describes how children grow and change as they move further away from reliance on home and family, out into the world of school and community.

Children of this age develop preferences as well as opinions based on their experience of new relationships and activities. For many children, it is a period of relative calm as they develop through new skills while accumulating knowledge. Biddy Youell looks at the ways in which eight and nine year olds experience their world and highlights some of the difficulties that may hinder their emotional, social or educational development.

This accessible book provides valuable insights that will help parents, educators and carers better understand and relate to children during these middle years of childhood.

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Meet the Author

Biddy Youell is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist in the Child and Family department at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She is also Head of Training at the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

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Table of Contents

1 The Family 13

Parents

Parents and their latency children

Siblings

Sibling rivalry

Grandparents

Extended family

Family breakdown

New families

Family groupings

Children in care

Alternative role models

2 Play 34

Play and learning

The school playground

Play at home

Playing alone

Limited play

Puzzles and non-fiction

3 Literature and the Eight- to Nine-Year-Old 43

Children's stories

Humour

4 Worries 48

Worries in the family

Life and death

Secret anxieties and hidden fears

Managing ordinary change and transition

5 Reward and Punishment 55

Classroom reward systems

Observations

Reward and punishment at home

6 Relationships 58

Awareness of difference

Special needs

Particular talents

Gender

Race, religion and ethnicity

Bullying

Language and sexuality

7 The Eight- and Nine-Year-Old as Consumer 67

Merchandise

Digital technology

Diet and exercise

8 Summary 72

Moving on

References 74

Helpful Organizations 75

Index 77

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