Middle School students are busier people. They will also
start to see long-range assignments that require more organization and
planning - skills that will be crucial in high school. Here are some tips
that can help with this transition.
Organize First - Encourage
your child to plan each evening's studying carefully. Tackle assignments
due tomorrow first. Then work on the project due next Monday. An assignment
book is essential.
Special Supplies?? - Each
afternoon, ask whether tonight's assignments require special books or
supplies. Make that trip to the library or hardware store early!
Offer feedback - Encourage
your child, but don't offer answers. Questions like, "Does that
answer look correct to you?" will help your child without doing
her work for her.
Don't procrastinate - Leaving
a large assignment until the last minute can be tempting. Push hard
to encourage your child to start projects early.
Enforce a routine - Middle
schoolers have more distractions, activities, and friends. Remind them
that these are all important, but homework is essential. Homework first;
friends, computers, and hobbies later.
Take it with you!
- Middle school students have LOTS of distractions. Encourage your child
to be sure everything is packed up for tomorrow before he goes to bed.