We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


LEARN

Supporting Their Learning

Middle school is a time of growth – academically and personally.  Students learn by watching, listening, and by doing.  They learn by following models and by making mistakes.  Learning is a process and helping your student through this process is a multi-faceted responsibility.

During these crucial years, it is imperative that your student find positive people to associate with and learn from: you, teachers, other trusted adults, and peers.  There is a great conversation to be had about role models – who qualifies and why?  What makes a role model?  Helping them see what qualities a “good” role model has may make them think twice about with whom they associate and who they follow.  Most of all, children learn from watching you and how you react to situations and handle stress.  You are their best role model

Students best learn content and curriculum in school when they want to learn.  You know that being engaged and having interest in a topic can make learning a more positive experience.  You can help support their school learning by tying education to real life; it can be a great way to motivate students. 

But let’s face it, school can be very stressful for many students.  There is a perception of constant competition for grades and test scores.  Help your student understand that while grades are important, it is the effort put into the learning that will be the true payoff.  At this point in their life, grades will not make or break their future, but by putting too great a stress on high marks, you can break their spirit.  Students learn best when they are relaxed and confident that they will not be judged by the result, but rather, by the process. 

By helping your student build confidence in his/her abilities and skills and encouraging them, to take academic risks and try new things, you’ll be setting him/her up for a positive educational experience. 

No one aspect of learning can be isolated as most important; each facet is inexplicably woven together to create the rich tapestry that is learning.  Help your student become a dynamic learner by helping them grow in all areas: skills, knowledge, confidence, and understanding of their social and academic self.  


DO

talk With Their Teacher Or Counselor

This month is a perfect time to ask how things are going.  The conversation can provide you with some insight on the outlook for the rest of the year, the options for next year, and even implications for High School courses.  Take advantage of this time to understand the school options and prepare for the future when you can still change it!


TIP #1

Have you started saving for college?  If not, now is the perfect time to start.  College financial planners are a great way to understand the implications of the savings you do have and how to properly save if just beginning. “Every cent counts” has never been a truer statement!  

TIP #2

Help create opportunities for your student to talk to neighbors, family, and friends about their current or past college experiences.  While your son or daughter might not have the same experience, they will find important nuggets of information that will positively influence their decisions when the time comes. 


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