McKenna Preteen Summary: 11 Years Old

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Daily life and schedule for an 11 year old tween girl. Learn about common concerns that come up with the preteen age group.

11 year old girl at the fire

This is a summary for McKenna from 10.75-11 years old. 

EAT

Eating is great! There is nothing new or different going on.

SLEEP

McKenna has been sleeping a lot lately. She is sleeping more than 12 hours at night.

She also passed up Kaitlyn, her older sister, in height. So I am guessing she is going through a growth spurt and needs extra sleep right now. Kaitlyn had a big growth spurt at this same age and slept a whole lot, too.

SCHOOL

School has been great. She has been loving school.

She has been sad with things being shut down and not able to see her friends every day. She is very social and misses all of her friends. She does video chat with them, but it isn’t the same as being in person. She is also a very active person and usually plays a lot of sports with friends at recess and misses that.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Here are the activities McKenna participated in:

  • Soccer
  • Piano
  • Irish Dance 
  • Musical

She had some indoor practicing with her team. She was asked to guest play with another team for a lot of indoor games and loved that. Her team also went to a soccer tournament and got second place there.

Piano is the same as usual. She just had lessons during this time.

Irish dance was just normal dance class, also.

The musical was a lot of fun for her. She was able to do the performance–it was a week before everything got shut down, so we were so thankful that the performance was before then so the kids could all do the show they had worked so hard on.

None of her activities are still going right now. No soccer or practice, no piano lessons, no dance classes–all as you would expect. I still have her practice her piano songs every day, though, and I am considering having Brayden do lessons with her each week right now so she can still move forward some.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Here is her school day schedule before quarantine.

6:30–wake up. Family scriptures. Get ready for school. Practice piano. Personal scripture study.
8:45–school
4:00–home. Homework if there is any. Chores. Free time/time with siblings/independent play, etc.
5:30–dinner. Family time. Activities. 
7:30–get ready for bed. Family scriptures and prayer. Bedtime. 
8:45–lights out. 

And the schedule now…which is more of a routine

8:30-I wake her up if she isn’t awake yet, which is most days.

Then we follow a block schedule:

Flexible Daily Schedule

8:30 PM-Bedtime

Chores

Some typical chores for McKenna right now include:

  • Cleaning her own room (all elements of the room–dusting, vacumming, etc)
  • Cleaning up after herself
  • Helping with dishes
  • Cleaning an entire bathroom independently (other than a shower)
  • Taking care of her rabbit
  • Doing her own laundry entirely independently

QUARANTINE/SOCIAL DISTANCING LIFE

McKenna seems to be handling things well. Like I said above, she does miss her friends, but she is able to chat with them on video chats, so that helps. She misses doing things.

But the heart of McKenna’s personality is that she is a “go with the flow” type of person. She always finds the positive and things to love. So she has her positives from this and isn’t upset.

She loves to read and has been reading a lot of books. She loves her siblings and has had fun doing things with them. We do things as a family every evening.

However, I do worry about what she might be feeling but not really realizing she is feeling. McKenna is an extrovert, and extroverts need people! She has been very quiet overall, which has us all confused and a little concerned. She insists everything is fine.

I know that for myself, being an extrovert, the more I am not around people, the quieter I get and more reserved I get. Extroverts get energized by people, so I feel like maybe she is feeling tired and quiet because she hasn’t had enough people.

There really isn’t a great way to fix that at the moment other than being there for her and helping her get social interaction as best we can.

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2 thoughts on “McKenna Preteen Summary: 11 Years Old”

  1. Thank you for this post. I was wondering what do your children do if they are ready at the same time and both need to practice piano etc? Do you have a rule about who is in the bathroom first etc? WOW great that she does those chores. You have inspired me to get teaching my children. Thanks again.

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    • You are welcome! They have enough things to do each morning that if they get to a task and someone else is doing that task so they can’t, they just move to another task on their list. If we had consistent issues, I would assign things out, and one thing can be someone showers at night so the shower is more open in the morning. If they are on a task and it is their very last task, but the other person JUST sat down at the piano but has other tasks, I will have the one who has other tasks go do another task and let the one who has one job left do that one job.

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