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)


Freshman Year In Review

The 9th grade is when a student positions themselves to build upon the foundation of becoming a strong collegiate candidate.

In addition to classes and grades, freshman year encouraged them to get involved in school clubs and activities. By adding these to their educational repertoire, they were able to build the beginnings of an activities resume that they will be adding to for the next 3 years (and for some, even beyond high school graduation). 

It’s those activities that will shed light on new ways of using the information they get in class. For the first time, they will see how their education and life interact to create a whole picture. They will start to see how what they do in class affects their activities, and vice versa. (Trust us, this really does happen to most students as they transition from 9th to 10th grade.)

Additionally, with all these new activities comes a chance to really put those time management skills to use. They start to discover that the busier the calendar gets, the easier it is to see where studying fits in and where they can take a break and still just be a kid and hang out with friends.  Time becomes a precious commodity. 

The change in who they were to who they’ve become is palpable.  Stand back, it’s only just begun.


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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