Middle school can be tough for kids, they are coming into their teenage years and life can start to get more complicated. During this time, parental support and involvement is vitally important. Students grow more independent, but they are still at an age where they need guidance. Here are some ways parents can help their kids through middle school.
Communication – The best students in an international middle school are always the pupils who get support from their peers. Parents actively communicate with them to find out how they are doing in school. They go out of their way to attend every single parent-teacher meeting to ensure they know how their child is doing in school. It helps to schedule a private meeting with teachers every few months to keep yourself informed.
Learn the Layout of the School – It is good to visit the school and walk around the campus to learn more about the layout. This will make it easier to connect with your child when they are talking about events or other things that happen at the school. It is good to learn about the location of the principal’s office, school nurse, cafeteria, and play area.
Help with Homework – When it comes to helping with homework, you shouldn’t be overpowering. Kids need to work independently and should be encouraged to do so. Support them by looking over their homework and helping them with anything they don’t understand. Provide them with a study area which is quiet, well-lit, distraction-free, and comfortable.
Sleep & Nutrition – Getting a good night’s sleep and eating the right food is one of the best ways to ensure your kids are fully prepared for each school day. Once well-fed and well-rested, they will be in an excellent physical and mental state in school. Making sure they get enough sleep and eat nutritious food helps them to boost their attention span, concentrate more effectively, and generally do better in school.
Attendance – If possible, make sure your child doesn’t miss a single day of school. They should be punctual and attend every class. If your child has health issues, talk to the educator in charge.
Getting the best out of your child is all about helping them and supporting them through middle school. Make time to talk about school and listen to any concerns they may have. If they are struggling in a certain area, talk to the teacher and see what strategies you can implement to help.