Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

I'll Get by with a Little Help from My Friends

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

I'll Get by with a Little Help from My Friends

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The end of August is a study in contrasts for many children. It's still a time for riding bicycles all day with friends, or just hanging out without worries about homework and schedules.

But it's also when kids once again start moving at a faster pace, stocking up on school supplies, quibbling with parents over the latest styles at back-to-school sales, and musing with friends about what the coming year holds.

What should young people expect as they move up a grade? Monitor contributor Sally Steindorf asked children from several states to offer advice to those who follow in their footsteps. (Children are identified by the grade they just finished.)

"Don't be scared of it. It's not all that hard; you'll get used to it after a couple days. Don't eat the cafeteria food. In soccer, you start with the bigger nets."

- Jamie Curley-Egan, fifth grade, Southborough, Mass.

"It's a big change from elementary school. The work's harder, but you make a lot of new friends. To make friends, be as nice as you can and get along with other people. It's not like elementary school where you get one page of homework. Now you'll get a couple pages every night. Sometimes you have to read for 20 minutes every night. It's fun. Bring extra money for the vending machines. You get your own locker. The school's a lot more crowded."

- Richard Chace, fifth grade, (first year of junior high) Walpole, Mass.

"Be on your best behavior. The work is a little harder than usual. Math was tougher. It's the first year of getting letter grades. Act nice to people if you want to be friends with them. Set aside time for homework."

- Emily Ward, fourth grade, St. Louis

"Be prepared for more homework and long-term projects."

- William Harrison, sixth grade, Concord, Mass.

"Get more organized. You get to make good friends."

- Claire McGarry, first grade, Durham, N.C.

"Study for tests really, really good. …

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