Parent Survival Tips For Middle School Transition

September 5, 2017

For 6th graders going into middle school, there can be many anxieties, apprehensions and fears to deal with and overcome.  Middle schools are larger than elementary schools, the school work is harder, there are more classes and more teachers – all with different expectations and personalities.  If you have a child who is entering middle school for the first time, know that it is normal for your child to express concern.

 - Don’t be too anxious about your child going to middle school.  Talk about the middle school experience in a positive way.  Your enthusiasm and support can help make this change in your child’s school life a positive one.

Help your child develop an organizational strategy.
   a.  Designate a study space and set a consistent study time.
   b. Provide your child the necessary folders and binders to stay organized.
   c. Conduct a weekly clean-up.
   d. Prepare for the week/day ahead.
   e. Provide help and support while your child is learning to become more organized.

Talk about social skills.  Talk about traits that make a good friend.  Discuss how words and actions can affect other people.

Openly communicate with your child.  Keep the lines of communication open between your child and school staff.  Be informed, listen, and talk to your child.

Encourage your child to get involved in school activities.  Have them join a team, club, or other extra-curricular activity and attend after-school events.

Help your child to be his or her own advocate.  Encourage your child to discuss problems and solutions with teachers on their own, but be ready to help when needed.

Get involved as a parent.  Attend parent/teacher conferences, open houses, school activities and other events where you can connect with your child’s teachers and the school.