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The First Six Weeks of School – Grades 7 to 8

Getting off to a good start – What to Watch For

  1. Weak self-esteem or confidence.
  2. Lack of organization.
  3. Not setting goals.
  4. Weak basic skills.

Tips for the First Three Weeks

  • Social issues emerge large as children mature. This transition often triggers problems with self-esteem as school challenges are compounded with social ones. It is important to help your kids learn to believe in themselves. Try, “I can see that you are upset about your mark in Math. How can we work together to overcome this difficult situation?” instead of, “You have to study harder to pass Math. Why don’t you ever listen to what I tell you?”
  • As social pressures mount, you will be required to help your kids juggle friends, sports, and even some part-time jobs. Do not lose focus, and keep monitoring the day planner. Many good courses are available to help kids develop advanced planning and organization skills.
  • At this age, a long-term goal often involves plans only for the next weekend. If is essential for students in grades 7 and 8 to begin to learn to set goals and plan to reach them. Seek help if necessary.
  • Consider enrolling the services of a supplemental education specialist to help develop appropriate basic academic skills.

Tips for the Second Three Weeks

  • Continue your support.
  • Reinforce the use of the day planner and monitor it daily. Make sure than tests and projects are also broken down into component parts and entered into the day planner. Every student at this level should have extra work in the evening on top of any homework assigned.
  • Reinforce and celebrate when goals are met. Help in the setting of new goals. Make sure to include personal as well as academic goals.
  • It is essential that all academic skills are sound by now. Spelling, grammar, reading fluently with comprehension, and math skills must all be excellent. If not, act immediately.

Tips for Parents

  • Regularly encourage children with their homework and assignments.
  • Instill excellence as your family standard, encourage a strong work ethic; and set high but realistic standards.
  • Give priority to homework, assignments and other academic activities over non-academic endeavors, television watching, music, telephone calls, friends and part-time jobs.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher and get to know current schoolwork and activities.
  • Make sure you understand your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have a quiet place to study at home that is free from distractions. Keep reference materials, books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and so on nearby.

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