Physical Changes: Eighth Grade


In general, a girl's growth spurt starts when she's about 9. It ends within a year of her first period, which is now at a national average of 12 1/2 years old. Her breasts are growing from the "bud" stage of the preteen years. To prevent anemia, adolescent girls need extra iron in their diets once they begin menstruating.

In general, a boy's growth spurt starts when he's about 13. He can be chubby before he starts to grow taller, and then he can seem too thin. Hair is now visible in armpits, on legs and arms, and a slight mustache will form. His sweat glands are changing, and he will probably want to start wearing deodorant. Boys can use extra iron in their diets to aid muscle growth and development.

Development Tracker
-- Social Skills
-- Math Skills
-- Language Skills
-- Emotional Changes
-- Body Changes
-- Physical Changes
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