PCA 2020

School Aged

How to Help Your Child Transition From Elementary to Junior High School

In many ways, enrolling junior high kids have become old pros at the fine art of academia. They’ve had plenty of time to master homework, friendships, and scholastic benchmarks. Yet, just as they’ve reached academic and social proficiency, they’re about to embark on a very turbulent transition period of lightning-fast physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Although pre-adolescents don’t always show it with their words or actions, they need their parents’ love, involvement, and support every bit as much as they did in elementary school. Come Fall, they may face unique challenges that isolate them at a time when they need your increased reassurance. Here are just a few examples.

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10 Ways to Build Better Student-Teacher Relationship

Teacher-student cooperation is an important alliance that starts at home and affects a child’s entire academic career. Having positive relationships with teachers throughout 12 years of school can make the difference between a child who adores school and all it encompasses and a child who dreads school and struggles on a daily basis. By the time school starts each Fall, teachers have already invested years of education, practice, and preparation into getting this school year off to a great start. Most parents want their children to succeed in school, but sometimes students and parents inadvertently get off on the wrong foot with teachers. How can parents encourage their kids to meet educational professionals halfway?

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How Do You Know If Your Child is in the Right School?

It may sound like a major undertaking, but nothing can improve your child’s happiness and academic future like placing them in a school where they can thrive and realize their full potential. To help you make the best choice for your child, I’ve compiled this list of circumstances that may flag the need to consider switching schools.

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What's Your Child's Learning Style?

Understanding a child’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning improves a child’s experience at school and their study habits at home. Does your child love reading and writing? Does your child have a knack for music? When your child tells a story, do they tend to use their whole body to describe what happened? Are they drawn to groups or do they prefer to work alone? These traits can you give a clue about your child’s learning style. A learning style is the method a person uses to learn and should be used to maximize learning. It’s important for you to understand your child’s learning style so you can help them find study methods, environments, and activities that help them learn best.

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