Yusheng Du holds the Guinness World Record for solving the 3 x 3 Rubik’s cube in just 3.5 seconds! While this achievement is downright astounding, do you think he could still solve a 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 cube in the same amount time? The answer is probably not. As the complexity of the cube increases, so does the need to adapt and figure out different ways of solving the cube.
Similarly, elementary-aged children about to enter middle school face a variety of new and complex challenges. They are presented with harder academic curricula and strict deadlines. They tend to break away from their families and rely more on their social circles. They start experiencing physical changes and must deal with the myriad of emotions that come with adolescence.
Additionally, many children at this age have what researchers call “growth anxiety.” This type of anxiety results from the concerns of daily life – What happens if I’m late to school? How will my teachers be? Will there be bullies? – as well as the uncertainties of growing up in a rapidly changing world. This anxiety can worsen if children start to feel left out and isolated from their peers.
Parental involvement is imperative at this age to guide children through these difficult times, yet it is not always easy for parents to be with their child throughout the day. The staff here at Kiddie Castle Children’s Center acts as an assistant coach to children in the absence of their parents.
We believe that a balanced daily routine plays an important role in physical and mental development, so we focus on time-bound activities and organizational skills that prepare children for the deadline-driven nature of middle school. We also aim to curb anxieties and steer children in the right academic and social directions by engaging children in conversations and making them feel valued. Our goal at Kiddle Castle Children’s Center is for children to have a smooth transition to middle school and feel confident as they grow older!