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)


7th Grade - A Year in Review

Seventh grade was all about helping your student explore who they are in terms of their future career interests. By thinking about this now, we are helping them set the foundation for the courses they will take during high school so that they will be prepared when it comes time for the college search. 

We also took a look at better understanding their talents, both inside and outside the classroom. Some students are natural talkers, some are analytical thinkers, and others are impressively creative. Whatever your student’s talent, help them recognize their strengths and show them how to use those to their advantage in the classroom.  

Additionally, acknowledge their talents and interests outside the classroom. Help the animal lover volunteer at the local pet shelter. Encourage the independent student to get a part time job (local pizza place, babysitting, pet sitting) that will allow them the chance to flourish in their new-found responsibility. Foster a love of reading by signing them up for a book club so that they can hear new perspectives and join in on the discussion. Your athlete might appreciate a yoga or dance class to help them build flexibility and strength. 

This year was all about building the foundation for interdisciplinary learning: who we are matters in how we learn and who we become. Enjoy the summer and remember that there is so much to look forward to for your student!


Help them Reflect

Did you know that self-reflection is a great skill for teenagers to have? You can model this for them and encourage them to practice for themselves. 

The end of the school year is a great time for doing this. Set aside some one on one time with your teenager this month and have a conversation about the school year.  

Here are some questions that you can use to start the conversation: 

  • What did you like the most about this school year?
  • How was it different than you thought it was going to be?
  • Is there anything you would have done differently?
  • What is one part of this year (friends, academics, activities, family life) that you would have changed?  

Doing this helps them to think about their upcoming school year too. Remember, it is important for you to answer those questions as well - show them that self-reflection is for adults too!

TIP #1

Did you know that reading is a great way for your teenager's brain to stay in good shape this summer?

The research is clear too - it really doesn't matter what type of reading they may do - fiction, non-fiction, biographical, historical, magazines or newspapers - it all helps!

Help your teenager find something to read - a good book, a professional magazine of a career they may be interested in, even a newspaper.  The key is to guide them in the right direction, then let them pick!

TIP #2

What's your summer looking like? 

Create a summer schedule with your teenager of their summer camps, vacations, summer learning experiences, jobs, and other activities.  

(Be sure to help them budget time with their friends - time for them to still be kids - play is still really important for them!)

This will help you stay organized and help teach them about maintaining some sort of disciplined routine during this time away from school.

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