Helping Your Student Succeed
As a parent of a Middle School student, it may sometimes
seem that your child is drawing toward his/her friends, and pulling
away from you. Developmentally, this is normal, but can be a
very confusing time for both parents and children. No matter how
it may feel, remember that your child needs you now more than ever
before. How can you support your child and help him/her succeed
at Sanders Middle School and beyond?
Education World has some tips for involved parents:
1. Talk to your child daily about school activities and experiences.
2. Check in with teachers regularly -- even when no problems exist.
3. Broaden your child's understanding of the world by visiting museums, parks,
zoos, universities, sports stadiums, theaters, transportation facilities, farms, and
4. Make learning relevant by encouraging activities that use what kids learn at school.
Encourage kids to count money; make shopping lists; calculate costs, sales prices, and
taxes; read menus and newspapers; and write letters.
5. Designate a specific time and place for homework.
6. Read to your child every day and encourage independent reading. Make frequent trips to the public library.
7. Set goals that are challenging but attainable.
8. Visit the school regularly and become involved in school activities as often as possible.
9. Become familiar with your child's curriculum and its required skills and goals.
10. Be aware that your attitudes about school -- and teachers -- influence your child's attitudes.
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