TIPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITION
Here are a few tips for parents and caregivers as they navigate their child through the middle school years:
Require an Assignment Notebook
Many schools give students an assignment notebook or planner at the beginning of the school year. Parents can require their child to record all homework assignments in the planner and then check it. If the school does not provide one, create your own.
Read Course Syllabi
Parents should read each course syllabus. This will provide you with information about classroom policies and expectations and will provide a timeline for major projects and assignments.
Parents should check to see that homework assignments are being completed in a timely fashion.
Designate a Study Time and Place
Work with your child to pick a time and place where school work should be completed each day. If your child does not have a homework assignment, please encourage them to read. Study areas should be free from distractions.
Create a Study Survival KitThis kit should contain pens, pencils, paper scissors, and any other supplies necessary for completing assignments. Having all of these materials in one place will keep students from wasting time looking for them.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Communicate with your child's teachers by phone or e-mail. Introduce yourself to each teacher at the beginning of the school year. Provide updated contact information to all teachers. Also, communicate with your middle school child. Although they are growing up and peer relationships may take a higher priority than family relationships, it is important students know that you are available to talk with them and listen when they need you.