Many 1st and 2nd graders are working on mastering their gross motor skills with increased coordination. They are able to reason a bit more effectively. This age group’s vocabulary is exploding and they can more easily use words to connect with people and build friendships. We can help our child by talking and learning about what friendships are, what it means to be a good friend and how a friend might act. Look at encouraging social interactions or (virtual) play-dates with peers that are within groups you may already be a part of such as, homeschool groups, before/after school daycare or programming, religious affiliations, summer camps, neighborhoods, nearby parks or sports teams.