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INTERMEDIATES: 9-13 YEARS

At the intermediate stage the difference between girls and boys is quite pronounced - girls appear more mature than boys because of which boys are often shy of girls. They do not mix freely. Peer pressure or approval begins to dominate and influence their lives. They look towards the leader. They are able to reason for themselves. They can perceive what is symbolic and are more able to grasp spiritual ideas. They can assume responsibility for their actions. Children at this stage have a natural exuberance and like to be helpful. They are sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt. They discriminate easily between those they naturally like and those they don't. They make strong moral judgements and are very critical about the behaviour of those they do not like. Successful adults are their models.

Intermediates like:
  • their friends
  • spending time in play and gossip
  • action
  • drama
  • contemporary music
  • thinking for themselves
  • competition

Intermediates don't like:
  • rival groups
  • people who do not trust them
  • do's and don'ts

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WHEN USING...

RAPPORT:
  • Know their peers and encourage wherever possible.
  • Get familiar with the leader of the group.
  • Do not compare.
RELIGION:
  • Teach them to assume responsibility for their actions.
  • Utilize constructively their natural exuberance to be of service.
  • Encourage them to pray in groups.

REASON:
  • Encourage group activity and create opportunities for the same.
  • Develop their talents through training.
  • When correcting, give brief and simple explanations.
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