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Is your child headed from elementary school to middle school this year? In the town we live in, our middle school has grades 6-8 and my oldest son is transitioning in to 6th grade at the middle school this year. It seems like there are a million things to do to prepare for the switch, but I have come up with a list of things that can help both you and your child make sure you’re ready without causing any extra stress. Just keep in mind that middle school is a more complex environment than elementary school.
1. Visit the middle school
I know this isn’t an “aha” moment but you might be surprised at what visiting a middle school can do for the middle schooler’s brain. Also, ensuring your child knows how the school works is important. Nothing raises anxiety more than the first day of school than not understanding where classrooms are. Sometimes it’s also nice to see a school that’s not crowded with a ton of children in the hallways. If your school doesn’t hold an open house or walk-through day like ours does, call up the school and see if there is a time when you can take your child in to tour the school.
2. Keep them leaning over the summer break
If your child is entering a new setting, a summer class might be a great opportunity to get your child involved. If your child is willing, have then sit through a few summer school classes. If summer school is not for you, my advice to you is to spend a couple of hours each week with your middle schooler on an academic level. The workload for the kids is going to increase by a lot once they get to middle school, so have them spend some time reading, writing, and working on their math skills. If you think you can skip the academic refreshers this summer, think again. It’s vital your child spends some time investing in their middle school education this summer.
3. Go clothes shopping
What your child once loved (style wise) in elementary school may no longer be a hit in middle school. As long as your child can pick out school appropriate clothes, it’s important to let them in on this part of the transition. Middle schoolers have their own taste and style and it’s important to let them have a say so in what they’ll wear over the next couple of months.
4. Make mornings magical
As corny as that sounds, it’s important to make mornings a little more magical than normal. Not only can you lure your soon to be middle schooler out of bed with their favorite breakfasts, you are fueling them up for their day. In our town, the middle school starts an hour earlier than the elementary school and it might be tough to get the kids out of bed earlier. You can get everyone in the house moving a little faster with a delicious breakfast.
During a recent trip to Walmart, I spotted these Jimmy Dean(R) Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches and as soon as I saw them, I knew my son would love them.
A breakfast sandwich is a delicious, filling breakfast solution for the perfect start to any morning.
5. Have a snack ready for them when they get off the bus!
Without fail, my son walks off the bus and tells me he’s starving. This is an every day occurrence, so I always make sure I have something ready for him as soon as he walks off the bus. While I was at Walmart, I picked up some State Fair(R) Classic Corn Dogs. They’re easy to spot in the freezer section and they always go over with both of my kids, especially my oldest.
State Fair(R) has a variety of delicious corn dogs that features a signature honey-sweetened cornbread batter. My boys love it and gobble them up 2 or 3 at a time.
They are a great after school snack solution,
For me, a big part getting back into the daily routine of school is being prepared with a great breakfast option and after school snacks. With these easy, delicious solutions from Jimmy Dean(R) and State Fair(R) corn dogs, I feel confident that my son will start smart and finish strong!
If you’re worried about the transition from elementary student to middle school student, you have nothing to fear. Your child will do just fine. I promise.
What are some of your favorite back to school tips and tricks?