Saturday May 18, 2013
It's time for middle school students to sign up for next year's classes. Your child will likely have to choose an elective, or possibly two electives, for next year's schedule. Make sure your child chooses an elective that he or she is truly interested in studying. It might be tempting for your child to sign up for a class that his best friend is in, so encourage your tween to be brave enough to pick a class that works for him.
Also, know that some electives have prerequisites, so think a little about elective options for next year, and the year after.
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Middle schoolers often have the chance to take advanced classes, or high school level courses, while still in middle school. Taking a high school level course can give your tween a head start on high school requirements, and the experience can also help your child become a better or a more dedicated student.
But not every tween is ready for advanced classes, so be sure you and your child take the time to discuss what the class requirements and expectations are, before you sign up. Also, be honest about whether or not your child's busy schedule will allow him to devote enough time to a demanding course.
Tuesday May 7, 2013
I can't believe how close we are to summer break. Before we know it students will be coming home with report cards in hand, and all of the belongings from their locker. Better get ready.
There's still time to book a summer camp, plan a family vacation or staycation, and make the most of the summer months. I'm still looking for bargains on sunscreen and bug spray, and sadly, I think it's time to replace our beach towels.
The list of áto dos gets longer every day. Glad I started this now, and didn't wait until after Memorial Day.
More on Tweens and Summe
Monday April 29, 2013
Middle school can be a frustrating transition for tweens as they take on more and more academic responsibility. As frustrating as it can be, it's so important that your child develop certain academic skills, such as prioritizing and keeping up with assignments without your help. He'll need these skill in high school (and beyond) so now's the time to develop them.
Of course, it can be difficult for parents to know when to take charge ("Do your homework now!") and when to back off. If you're unsure about how involved you should be, try this. Give your child the chance to tackle his work on his own without your interference. If he does it, give him even more space to continue to develop his skill set. If he doesn't, you know you need to remain involved a little longer -- but continue to encourage him to take the lead.