Middle School Article Archive
Practical advice for a broad range of issues that come up in middle school: staying safe on the Internet, teaching your child to be self reliant, kids at home alone, getting your kids organized, and more.
- Standards-Based Grading: What Parents Need To KnowAs schools trend toward standards-based grading, their report cards are changing, too. It’s important to understand both.
- Dating in Middle School: Is It Worth the Risk?Dating is a part of growing up, but middle school dating can be risky. Here's what parents need to know to help their kids make the right decisions.
- Coming Soon to Your School: Common Core State StandardsThe Common Core State Standards are likely to be implemented at your school, possibly this year. Forty-five states have adopted the national educational standards. Here’s a Common Core primer on what to expect your kids will be learning.
- 12 Ways To Help Your Child Love the LibraryHave you and your child been to your local library lately? In addition to wonderful books, today’s libraries offer multimedia options, community events, fun activities, and more—and all for free.
- Helping Kids Cope With the Death of a PetThe death of a beloved family pet can elicit varied reactions in children depending on their age and what else may be going on in their lives. Allowing children to discuss their feelings of grief and talk about the pet is something parents should encourage.
- 6 Childhood Illnesses That Are Icky, Gross, and Disgusting (but Harmless)They’re unpleasant but exceedingly common. We’re talking about head lice, ringworm, and other “icky” childhood illnesses that are more repugnant than harmful. Here’s how to handle them...and the “yuck” factor.
- 8 Back-to-School Family TraditionsCreating back-to-school memories for your children can be simple or elaborate. The tradition doesn’t matter; what does is easing them back with a special memory.
- Handwritten Thank-You Notes Offer Many Ways To LearnParents can add humor—and math and history learning—to this task, which is one that most children initially resist.
- Instill a Love of Learning in Your ChildTo encourage curiosity and a passion for learning in your child, discuss things you’re interested in, show her real-world examples, and don’t forget to take her lead.
- Today’s Multitasking TeensToday’s teens spend seven-plus hours a day involved with some type of technology or media—including time when they’re studying or doing homework. A researcher specializing in teens and media offers tips for parents to help kids disconnect and focus.
- 6 Tips To Help Kids Develop a Positive Body ImageChildren develop a body image of themselves, positive or negative, as early as age 8. Here’s what parents should know about how that “snapshot” is formed, and six tips from child experts on how to improve your child’s self-image.
- College Prep Guide: Middle SchoolWhile the middle school years are still too early to be picking a specific school to attend, it’s the perfect time to start talking about what it takes to reach that goal.
- The Road to College: A Guide to Helping Your Child Find the Right SchoolSchoolFamily.com’s College Prep Guide will help your family navigate the years leading up to college applications and enrollment decisions with less stress.
- Tips for Raising a ReaderSome kids live to read; others won't go near books without being prodded. Our experts offer ideas to encourage children of all ages, and interest levels, to read.
- Fun Summer Reads for Ages 4 to 18Looking for some good summer reads for your kids? These books, which we've sorted by age (4-8; 9-12; 13-18), are so much fun, kids will dive right in!
- Educational Games for Family VacationsIt’s important to keep kids’ minds active during school vacations. These fun activities are designed to help kids learn during your family vacation, whatever time of year it is and wherever your destination may be.
- Help Middle Schoolers Manage Their HomeworkMiddle school students have a lot of homework assignments to keep track of. Here’s how to help your child stay on top of that work without a fight.
- Help Your Child Reduce Test StressIt’s normal for kids to worry about tests, but worrying too much can be bad for kids and their grades. Here’s how to tell if your child has text anxiety and what you can do about it.
- Middle School Study Skills: Getting OrganizedHelp your middle schooler learn the skills she needs to stay on top of homework.
- Dealing With Disappointing GradesMost kids bring home a bad report card at least once. Here’s how you can help your child get back on track.
- How To Interpret Report CardsNeed help understanding your child’s report card? We explain the most common grading systems from A to Z.
- Help Your Child Build Writing SkillsParents can help by encouraging their children to embrace the concept of revision. Through reviewing and revising, kids will soon see their writing improve.
- Help Your Gifted Child Succeed in SchoolHow to tell whether your child is gifted, plus ways to make school more meaningful for him.
- Help Your Autistic Child Succeed in SchoolHow to work with the school to improve education and school life for your autistic child.
- Managing Stress in Middle SchoolMiddle school kids often worry about interactions with peers and their school performance.
- Grade by Grade, What Kids Are LearningStandards vary from state to state, but here’s a general look at what kids will be taught at each grade level.
- Understanding Grades and GradingHow you react to grades can affect your child’s success in school. It’s important to know what they represent—and what they don’t.
- Help Your Child Adjust SociallyFinding the right niche can help your child feel happier at school.
- 10 Questions About Your Child and SchoolThe more you know about how your child deals with challenges and what's expected of him, the better you'll be able to help him achieve. Start by asking these key questions.
- How Girls LearnGirls like to collaborate and often create strong relationships.
- How Boys LearnMany boys need opportunities to move around and like competitive situations.
- Can Food Help You Learn?Eating certain “brain foods” might make your kids smarter...but research shows they’ll be better off with a balanced diet, a good breakfast, and regular physical activity.
- Back-to-School BooksReading about going back to school is a great way to ease the transition. Especially with younger children, as you turn the pages together, you can talk about their real-life hopes and fears as well as discuss the wonderful characters in these books.
- What Is Your Child’s Learning Style?Understanding how your child learns can reduce frustration and improve achievement.
- Parents Are Teachers, TooUse these simple ideas to reinforce learning at home and develop your child’s academic skills.
- Summer Reading ListThese books, for kindergarteners to middle schoolers, will capture your kids’ imagination, and they’re perfect for reading aloud.
- If Your Child Is the BullyWhat to do when the school says your child has been involved in bullying — and she's the bully.
- Bullying: How Parents Can Fight BackKids are often reluctant to talk about bullying. Here’s how to spot it and what to do if your child is a victim.
- Moving Up to Middle SchoolThe step from elementary to middle school can be a big one, but these tips will help ease the transition for both parents and children.
- Facebook and Social Networking: What Parents Should KnowSocial networking sites like Facebook keep growing in popularity, especially among teens. But they can also be used for online bullying. Here are 10 tips to get parents up to speed and help them be aware of their teen's social networking activity.
- Internet Safety Tips for ParentsKids need to use the Internet; these tips will help you keep them safe.
- 10 Tips for Middle School ParentsWays to stay involved in your child’s education—even when she’d rather not have you around.
- Summer Amnesia: Avoid the Brain DrainKids lose academic ground in the summer. Use these tips to keep them from falling behind.
- Better Grades—10 Ways You Can Help!Make sure your child is ready to learn and achieve at school with these 10 smart tips on what you can do at home to prepare her for success.
- Have a Conversation About SchoolGet beyond one-word answers and find out what your child really thinks and feels about school.
- Talking With Teachers About Student ProgressDon't wait for the report card to find out how your child is doing in school; a veteran principal offers tips for parents to keep in touch all year long.
- School and the Internet: What You Should KnowHow students are using the Internet at school, and precautions you should take at home.
- 7 Things To Tell the TeacherSharing key information about your child can help teachers make a connection.
- Eating, Sleeping, and LearningEstablishing healthy habits now can ease the transition to a new school year.
- 6th Grade Social Changes: What To ExpectThis is a year of transitions, from the physical and emotional changes of adolescence to the new environment of middle school.
- 6th Grade Academics: What To ExpectStudents will be using more sophisticated thinking skills, interpreting and synthesizing the information they’re learning.
- Grade 6 Curriculum QuizAre you as smart as your 6th grader? Take this quiz and find out what he'll be learning this year.
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- 7th Grade Social Changes: What To ExpectThe beginning of the teenage years is a confusing time for many adolescents—and for parents trying to understand their behavior.
- 7th Grade Academics: What To ExpectAcademic concepts continue to get more advanced, and students will really need to use their study skills this year.
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- 8th Grade Social Changes: What To ExpectIn 8th grade, kids enjoy being the oldest students in school and look forward to the increased freedoms of high school.
- 8th Grade Academics: What To ExpectClasses get tougher, but students still have time to strengthen academic and organization skills before entering high school.
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