When your child was younger, you helped him learn his ABCs and times tables. But now that he’s in middle school—and tackling tough subjects like physical science—you can’t help anymore, right?

Wrong! Being involved with your child’s education is as important as ever. As a middle school parent, you can stay committed by:
  • Showing curiosity. Discuss what your child studied at school today. If it’s a topic you don’t know much about, learn from him. You don’t need to be an expert at something to be enthusiastic about it.
  • Asking trigger questions. Help your child connect new knowledge to things he already knows. For example, if he’s struggling to divide negative numbers, you could say, “Remember how you learned the properties of negative numbers last week? Let’s review those together before you start on the division.”
  • Understand what’s expected. Don’t settle for having a vague idea of what your child should learn. Speak to his teachers about what will be taught during the quarter, semester or year. The more you know about these expectations, the better you can help him set goals and achieve success. Source: Krzysztof Grabarek, “Staying Involved: Approaches to Helping Our Middle School and High School Students Learn,” Parent Academic Resources Incorporated. (c) 2007 The Parent Institute