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English & Language Arts

Language arts are taking on entirely new dimensions.


Your child is exploring more sophisticated literature. They’re delving into writing creatively and engaging in debates. Their ability to articulate thoughts, analyze texts and express themselves creatively is growing significantly. Encouraging reading and writing not only strengthens their academic skills overall but also fosters critical thinking and emotional expression.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

Your child isn’t just reading and writing — they’re learning to interpret, critique and connect with language on a deeper level. Encouraging them to interact with a broad range of mediums and creative expression can help hone their skills, preparing them for the future and fostering a lifelong appreciation for the power of words.

  • Debating and Discussing With Depth

    Your child is engaging in more sophisticated discussions, presenting their own arguments and considering different perspectives. They're learning the art of debate, the importance of evidence- based arguments and the value of listening to different viewpoints.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program support kids in developing their communication skills? Look for opportunities where children are encouraged to articulate their thoughts clearly, respond to others thoughtfully and use communication to persuade and inform others.

  • Critical Readers, Critical Thinkers

    Your child is exploring more complex writing — identifying themes, thinking about character development and understanding the cultural and historical contexts of the story. They’re learning to read between the lines and recognize the details of the author’s intent.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there activities that promote critical reading and critical thinking? Look for content that challenges kids to think intentionally about what they read and to draw connections between text, language and their own lives.

  • Expressive and Creative Storytelling

    Your child is developing their own unique voice, experimenting with different styles and thinking more creatively. They’re learning to organize their ideas, use descriptive language more effectively and edit their own writing for clarity and impact.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program support creative ideas based on different interests? Look for content that addresses creativity positively, providing feedback and encouragement to help kids grow as storytellers or creative thinkers.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!


From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Creative Writing Blog

    Encourage your child to start a creative writing blog where they can publish short stories, poems or everyday journal entries. They can explore different styles and interact with readers through comments. This enhances their writing skills and offers an online platform for self-expression.

  • DIY Book Club

    Support your child in creating a book club with their friends. Recommend age-appropriate books that spark their interest and demonstrate the joy of a good story. During or after reading, they can meet as a group to discuss the book’s ideas, characters and plot. Encourage them to express their opinions, ask questions and relate the story to their own lives. This can strengthen their reading comprehension, critical thinking and social skills.

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