11 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

As your child’s shoe size continues to grow, expect them to become more vocal and opinionated with their thoughts! Remember to ask them about school to stay involved with their classes and friendships. Scroll down to learn more about the City’s free after school program for middle-schoolers, SONYC, which offers sports, art, fashion, academic, and cultural activities for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.


Winter Nature Crafts

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.

Family Board Games

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Kids can show off their gaming talents at the library as they make new friends and enhance skills.

Coloring for Kids

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The library provides fantastic coloring sheets and crayons for kids and parents or caregivers to enjoy together.


After school for middle schoolers

School's Out NYC (SONYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

SONYC offers a mix of activities, including leadership, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), literacy, academic help, sports, arts, and more.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Students can get free health care in their school.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 11 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Take increased responsibility for themselves
    • Take care of everyday tasks such as personal hygiene or homework deadlines
    • Increasingly able to understand the results of their actions
    • Begin to re-examine own values and moral principles
    • Begin to assume responsibility for own behavior
    • Become more self-conscious of image
  • Communication

    • Master more advanced vocabulary words and put together more complex sentences
    • Accompany words with facial expressions and movements (for emphasis)
  • Learning

    • Have an increased ability to challenge ideas
    • Display an improved long-term memory
    • Develop solutions and responses based on logic
  • Physical Development

    • Have increased appetite, particularly during growth spurts or periods of higher activity
    • Begin to show visible signs of puberty, especially in girls
    • Display improved muscle strength
  • Health

    • Have 5 to 6 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 3 cups of milk daily
    • Have 5 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and vigorous physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Is unable to see things from another’s point of view
    • Avoids any type of sport or exercise
    • Seems withdrawn in conversation and/or in class
    • Does not spend time with friends outside of school
    • Cannot read or tell a short story independently using full sentences
    • Does not want to eat meals with the family