My third grader came home from school a few weeks ago with some really, really bad language--the S-word and the F-word with all its variations. It finally subsided after a couple of weeks--like it just had to run its course, despite my many varied attempts to nip it in the bud---but he has still been expressing some intense negative emotions.
I remember when my oldest was in third grade, he also became negative, sullen, and argumentative. I even wrote a long post about it here and got a lot of good advice. It culminated in our taking him out of school at the beginning of fourth grade. He's much more pleasant now.
Is this common in third-graders?
My daughter has been much more emotional this year than she has in the past. She has actually gotten in trouble for outbursts at school (yelling at her teacher twice and then bursting into tears on a field trip). We were wondering if something is going on with her personally or if it is just the age.
there's also a lot of drama on the playground.
my dd and her bf have been having so many issues which has gotten worse in 4th grade.
so yes it also carries on to 4th grade. cattiness is huge.
btw i think also its the age of conscience development and hormonal changes too. those two together make things 'lethal'. the first signs of puberty.