It still seems like only yesterday… that your child was introduced to primary school. Years have flown by, and it is time to say goodbye to elementary school. On to a new stage, middle school! Perhaps even more exciting. Because even if your child no longer needs you to hold their hand, secretly, they still need you, the parent. In this blog, we share with you some tips to help prepare your child for secondary school.
Make sure to be there on the orientation day. This allows you to orient them with the middle schools in the area. Many schools also offer “walk-ins” or “do-days” where children have the opportunity to spend the day at the school. Visiting a school allows the child to get a real feel for the school.
By spending more time visiting schools together, your child can make a well-considered choice. Your child must be comfortable with the school choice.
2) Create Space for Homework
Provide a comfortable place for homework. Find a quiet place with your child and purchase a desk, a comfortable chair, and a bookshelf to hold all school materials. These are all important to allow the proper concentration a child needs.
Teach your child to be structured and systematic, such as purchasing a folder for important papers. A blackboard or chalkboard helps post to-do lists and important reminders. Learning to “plan,” something we adults do automatically, is something teenagers need to develop further.
3) Help With Homework
Most elementary schools already assign homework, but doing homework in middle school can be challenging at first for your child. During the first few months, your child will be delighted to have help planning, doing, and learning homework. It is wise to observe from the beginning, help them plan than wait until your child gets stuck and becomes even more anxious.
Also discuss the “usefulness” of certain school subjects. For some teenagers, what they have to learn may seem “meaningless” or “boring,” but what knowledge is helpful to them in their future life and work? This will motivate them!
4) Talk About the School
Go through the school’s website together and talk about the high school. For example, talk about your (positive) experiences. Also, discuss common misconceptions such as “all teachers are stricter than in elementary school,” “homework is done quickly,”. This will help put your child at ease.
It is also effective to discuss and practice how to deal with negative comments and meet and make new friends. Middle school is even more exciting for children who did not do well in elementary school. A new class with children who don’t yet know anything about you is also an opportunity to make a new impression.
It takes some getting used to, but almost all high schools have special introductory programs with introductory activities and gradually increasing homework. This is quite reassuring.
5) School Route
If your child walked to elementary school, biking or taking public transportation could be a challenging change. Take a look at the route to the new school building together on Google Maps. Ride a bike together to the new school, or take the bus or train to drop your child off. Already knowing the route to school will give your child more confidence and make the first day of school less emotional.
Remember when you started middle school? Some things are etched for a lifetime, so you can understand how important it is to encourage your child!
Do you have any other tips? Share it with us in the comments below!