Every parent wants to see their child succeed in school and out. Providing opportunities to shine and developing skills early are a surefire way to ensure that your child thrives in middle school.
You might be wondering how you can set your child up for success in middle school as it is not as spoken about as high school or even elementary. There are articles upon articles regarding preparation from high school to college; however, people fail to document how to ensure a child thrives in middle school.
Support Independent Learning
Children love learning, and that passion is still commonly visible in middle school students. If your child is passionate about a specific subject, provide opportunities outside of school to learn more about those topics.
Having a safe space to learn allows a child to foster a better work ethic as they start to feel internally motivated to gain more knowledge. The motivation to know more comes in handy when your student is learning a new subject.
Independent learning can come in many forms whether that is an intermediate level course taught at a community college or an interesting video that provides educational content. It is essential to think outside of the box regarding independent learning as your child will think less of it like school work and more like an opportunity.
Knowing that a parent supports their learning, a child can only continue to thrive when delving into topics taught in middle school.
Discuss High School Credit Options
While gearing up for college, high school students often take classes that coincide with their high school requirements and college requirements. These classes allow students to receive credit in both settings; however, they only need to complete that course once.
Most parents are unaware that their child may be able to take a course in middle school that also provides high school credit. In turn, your child will be a class ahead of the pack and may even be qualified to take advanced courses in high school at an earlier age.
Discussing these options with your child can open up many doors in the future. It also helps your child remain focused on getting good grades in middle school once they are aware of their potential. Taking advanced classes in middle school also boosts your child’s self-esteem because they see how well they can learn new topics.
Encourage Social Expansion
Lastly, encourage your child to get out of their comfort zone by volunteering and joining clubs in their community. While socializing is not a skill one is graded on in middle school, it prepares them for a range of future events, such as presenting a project in class or making new friends each year.
Being able to communicate effectively with others is an excellent skill for your child to learn while in middle school since it only continues to benefit them throughout their academic career and within life.
Your child needs to be able to enjoy life and school, not just get through them. Be sure to check the rest of our emotional health content on The Mamma Homemaker. We’ll keep you in the loop on trends in psychological development.