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)
8th Grade - A Year in Review
In 8th grade, you helped your student create plans for their high school courses and better understand how their current behaviors impact their future plans.
While your student has always been aware of grades and what they mean, this might have been the first time that they have heard an explanation of how and why grades are important to their future. Beginning in 9th grade, their grades become cumulative and work together to create the GPA that they will use to get into college. This year, we impressed strong, smart studying behaviors. Having good learning and studying behaviors now allows your student the time to build them into a good habit before 9th grade begins. Continue to practice those skills over summer, too.
Once high school begins and they start taking the courses that they have played a part in selecting, things do change. There is a renewed interest in school because, for the first time in a while, they have chosen classes that directly apply to their interests. School and life and interests intertwine in high school, which makes for a great four years.
Their future begins today!
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!
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!
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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