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Date: April 6, 2020
Agent: Nicki Carpenter

Hello. This is Nicki Carpenter, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.

This is the time of year, I am normally working with our second grade classrooms in the county so they can experience the 4-H Embryology program, (usually known as the “baby chick hatching”). Most recently, I shared the virtual hatch of quail on our 4-H Facebook page. It is not the same without those second graders live reactions so I started thinking about those 2nd graders and their families.

I wanted to share some youth development insight about second graders.
This is an important age for personality development. Their greatest needs are : respect for their feelings, parental understanding of their needs to lapse into reflective moods, opportunities for discussion with (not to) them so they can begin to express in words what has been “turning over” in their head. This age group is beginning to see themselves as others do, is independent in familiar
territory, becomes quite fond of their educator, can be responsible for age-appropriate chores and can think of ways to earn money. Second grade is a critical year for feelings. Experiences along with thoughtful interpretations, begin shaping the teenager and adult that this child will be.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about 2nd graders. Thank you, this has been Nicki Carpenter with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. For more information, please call our office at
828-764-8480. Thanks