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Strategies to Ease your Child’s Transition to Middle School

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The transition to middle school is a big step in your child’s life.  The school is bigger with many more kids.  There are multiple teachers and class subjects and a schedule to follow.  Just finding the correct classroom is a challenge.  Students will have lockers with combinations to store all their stuff.  And to top it off, this is the time in their lives when their bodies are changing and hormones are out of control.  Middle school is when the teachers start to expect more from each student.  They aren’t treated like little kids anymore and they begin to have responsibilities.  This transition can be a bit of a shock for many kids.  Student’s that may have trouble focusing or staying organized can become overwhelmed.  Here are some strategies that may help your child navigate the middle school transition:

  • Accompany your child on campus tours and orientations offered to parents and incoming students. The better you understand the school layout and rules, the more you can help your child.
  • Get a copy of your child’s class schedule and mark the location of their locker and each classroom on the school map. Tape both of these inside their binder. If your child has trouble reading maps, walk the route between classes with them and note landmarks that the student can use to navigate.
  • Buy your child a wristwatch so they can keep track of how much time they have to get to their next class.  If they have a cell phone, make sure the time is set correctly and they are in the habit of checking it.
  • Help your child organize their binder before school starts so they have a pocket or folder for each class.

If your child has learning difficulties or behavioral problems, go over the rules and expectations of the school.  The better organized and the more the child knows ahead of time what is expected of them, the easier the transition will be.  Middle school homework can also be a challenge.  Get in a routine of setting a specific time to do homework each night.  If available, log in to the school’s website each day to know what the assignments are for each day and what the due dates are.  This will help you and your child to stay on top of things.  If your child seems overwhelmed and it is too difficult to keep up with homework assignments you should consider hiring a homework helper!  Brock’s Academy can help you and your child with this transition and give your child the boost of confidence they need with the new school year.

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