5 Things to help your child with in their first year of middle school
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be a hard one for most children. It leaves them with more questions than answers a lot of the time, and the first year in particular can be the hardest. For some children the social adjustments they need to make, not to mention the upscale in learning difficulty.
Therefore, it’s important that you are there for your child to provide them with all of the help and support they need to make sure that their first year in middle school is as easy to handle as possible;
This is a typical role for a parent, but you need to be prepared to go through your child’s wardrobe with them and find what they consider “cool” and help them build a new wardrobe. Unfortunately, middle school can be an unforgiving place for children so providing them with at least one thing they can avoid any hassle over is always a good start.
Middle schools are always struggling financially, and it comes down to the parents to provide the impetus to put on fundraising to get the school what it needs. Dive in head first in the first year and get involved in as many fundraisers as you can. You may have to deal with everything from cookie dough sales to car washes and school fairs. This will show them that you care and want them to succeed, which can improve performance and comfort in the school on its own.
You need to make sure that in the first year at the very least that your child is getting enough sleep. Setting a routine up at least three weeks before the start of middle school is a good way for getting everybody – parents included! – into getting up a little bit earlier and being prepared for the school day ahead. It’s worth it as sending your child to middle school awake and alert means they are more likely to have a stress-free day.
Get A Study Area
Set up a study area in the living room or, if possible, a quieter part of the house with less traffic. This lets your child have somewhere they can retreat to for solidarity, as well as have somewhere at home to store of their school equipment. This means there is less time spent looking for course work and equipment as everything should be within the study area. This gives your child a better chance of staying organised and doing well at school.
Know The Teachers
You don’t want to be at the school acting as some form of bodyguard, but building a rapport with the teachers your child has is important. If they know you, they are more likely to come to you with concerns they have, and it gives you a chance to get across any quirks that your child may have. This may sound odd, but some teachers treat every child the same and letting them know that your child might need help with this subject or does not deal with a certain situation well can save any problems down the line with teaching staff.