Keeping Middle Schoolers on Top of School Work
Encouraging often-distracted middle schoolers to keep up on school work can seem like an impossible task for many parents.
Students who did well in elementary school often find middle school challenging due to factors such as a more complex curriculum, social pressures, and cognitive abilities that are still developing. As a parent, the job won’t seem so difficult if you break it down into simple steps – and teach your student to do the same.
The faculty at Alsion Montessori, which seeks to promote the overall development of students, offers these suggestions to help your child keep up on school work:
- Record assignments. Parents understand that students’ memories are not always reliable when it comes to school work. One way to be sure assignments get completed is to keep a list. Choose a method that your child finds most convenient. Many students take photos of assignments. Others write them down in planners or notebooks. Record both the date the work is assigned and when it’s due.
- School materials should always be available at home. Prepare for occasions when your student forgets materials at school by keeping plenty of writing instruments, paper, and perhaps even an extra copy of a textbook at home. Photos of worksheets can be printed and completed in place of the originals.
- Be aware of homework patterns. Many teachers follow an assignment schedule. For example, one class may require completed work by the end of the week. Worksheets may be due every Tuesday for another class. Note these schedules and plan accordingly. Once a student develops consistent study habits based on a school schedule, they may find it’s easier to keep up on school work.
How to Make Sure Your Student Turns in Homework
Some Alsion Montessori middle school students work hard to finish their assignments, only to leave them at home. We recommend using a folder for completed homework. Accordion folders with compartments categorized by class work well for many students who struggle to keep up on school work.
Flag each completed assignment using colored paper, paper clips, or sticky notes. A quick flip through the folder instantly reveals flagged work that is due that day.
Learn More About Alsion’s Middle School
Middle school should prepare adolescents for demanding high school and college curriculums. Alsion Montessori’s middle school helps students keep up on school work and excel in their studies with an approach that takes into account the learning needs of adolescents whose minds and bodies are changing.
For more information on Alsion Montessori, one of the Bay Area’s premier private middle schools, call 510-445-1127 today.
Parents seeking the best educational value for their children must weigh the tradeoffs of affordable private middle schools such as Alsion Montessori versus tuition-free public schools.
Let’s look at why parents consider enrolling their students in a private middle school:
- More academic opportunities. Alsion’s teachers and administrators are proud of the range of experiences both inside and outside the classroom offered to their middle school students. Classes focus on different aspects of a subject each year. For example, the first-year English reading curriculum includes poetry and short stories. Students may also independently pursue advanced topics in all courses. Extracurricular activities include biome trips to various regions in California, a variety of clubs, the problem-solving World Savvy Challenge, and Market Day, which stresses entrepreneurship.
- A challenging environment. Teachers at a quality middle school encourage students to move beyond their comfort zone. In the Alsion classroom, students face challenges in working as part of a team, speaking before a group, and completing complex projects on a deadline. Once they achieve an arduous goal, students realize that more significant accomplishments are possible.
- Individualized instruction. Alsion’s small classroom size provides an intimate environment for learning. Students often receive one-on-one attention from a teacher, which is not readily available at public schools, or even at many other private schools. Alsion’s highly qualified faculty is dedicated to the success of students, working closely with parents at each grade level.
- Learning alongside peers. Alsion middle school students are college-bound, driven to succeed in fulfilling careers. Study groups are popular because students have similar goals and nurturing attitudes toward each other.
Value Vs. Affordability
The cost of tuition is certainly a factor in choosing a school. We encourage parents to take into account not just tuition costs but the overall value of the private middle school education offered by Alsion Montessori.
Most Alsion middle school graduates go on to enroll in our high school, which features an “early college” accelerated academic program. Our students graduate high school fully prepared for the rigors of college courses.
Our Fremont location is also a convenient commute from Pleasanton, Union City, Milpitas, San Jose, and other Silicon Valley communities.
Consider the tradeoffs for affordable private middle schools. Alsion Montessori Middle School offers students who seek successful careers and rewarding lives an outstanding academic experience. Call 510-445-1127 today to schedule a campus visit.
When preparing kids for middle school, parents should keep in mind the social, academic, and practical concerns of their student.
Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be daunting for an adolescent. Adjustments that seem minor to an adult, such as learning to use a locker, may be a considerable challenge to a young person entering their teenage years.
Alsion Montessori suggests parents consider each child’s personality when preparing their kids for middle school.