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The Guide to Ages 11-13

The Guide to Ages 11-13

Take a peek at some of the major achievements of this age, and get a more in-depth view of the many things that children this age are learning!


Use this guide to explore the development of your pre-teen. Plus, check out the books and resources below that support the development of your 11- to 13-year-old.

Developmental Checklist and Milestones

Take a peek at the number of changes that 11- to 13-year-old children go through.
Children become increasingly competent at adult-style thinking during the "tween" years. Learn more.
Changes in the brain cause a shift in children’s thinking and speaking. Learn more about your middle schooler's development.
At no other time in life do children have a greater capacity to learn than during adolescence. Learn more.
Parents can make a difference! Learn how to foster creativity in your pre-teen.
Understanding the complicated time of adolescence will help you best guide your child through it.

Activities that Support Developmental Growth

Make learning meaningful and entice your child to explore new areas, like far off galaxies.
These space-themed writing activities will inspire and challenge your 11- to 13-year-old.
Does your tween think he’s too mature for paint time? Inspire your child with these advanced art activities.
Your 11- to 13-year-old will love going back in time to explore the universe with these activities.
There are so many fun activities and lessons to be learned from Shakespeare, beyond simply reading his books.
Introduce these STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to your pre-teen to get them excited about math and science!
If your 11- to 13-year-old is looking for a challenge, try these advanced books and activities.
Try these activities if your child is struggling with school.

Best Book Recommendations for this Age Group

Use the book and author suggestions below to match the reading level and interests of your preteen.
Introduce these fiction and non-fiction books about space and the planets to your middle-school aged child.
Challenge your 11- to 13-year-old with these books that support abstract thinking and writing.
Use these books to foster abstract inferences for your 11- to 13-year-old.
Pick up these stories for your kids to learn about how different characters’ point of view affect a story.
Is your child a perfectionist, insecure, or feels left out? Use these books to help battle the volatile feelings in your preteen.
Help your child realize Math’s usefulness by suggesting these titles.

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