• For Parents: Tips for Sixth Grade Success
    some tips taken from Grade 6 Test Prep (2005)
    In order to get the most out of what is learned in class, assignments and assessments are often given that require some work at home.  While daily lessons are designed to teach skills to help students become proficient and independent learners, the home environment is another important piece of the "education equation." 
    Following these tips will help your child with coming to class prepared and ready to learn each day!
    homework plannerCheck the online homework calendar for daily assignments.  Students are required to write homework down in their planners at the beginning of each class period.  Before beginning their homework each day, encourage your child to check their planner as well as the homework calendar online.  This will ensure the accuracy of due dates and completion of assignments as correctly as possible.
    - Create a quiet and consistent study atmosphere.  Helping your child establish a consistent study/homework time and place from the very first day of school will help develop strong and independent study habits.  Provide a study area with an open workspace that is quiet and has all necessary writing and learning supplies.  Establishing a consistent homework time (e.g. 4:00) will also help your child become more proficient with managing time between school, extracurriculars, and fun.
    student- Be a homework resource.  Discuss homework and the day's lessons with your child.  Your questions and discussions can help your child focus on what is important about a test, assignment, or project.   While your interest as a parent will help your child's enthusiasm and dedication to learning, allow him or her to grow independently as well.   To make the transition from elementary to middle school, it is important to act as a facilitator, allowing your child to seek his or her own answers, make mistakes, and learn from them.
    - Talk about tests, quizzes, and projects.  Discuss dates of tests, quizzes, assignments and projects with your child so that both you and your child are aware of approaching due dates.  After assignments and assessments are handed back, it is also essential that you and your child discuss questions that were easy, hard, or or tricky.  Most importantly, discuss (or encourage your child to ask the teacher about) errors so that he or she learn from mistakes and improve in the future.     
    teacher- Support, support, support! Help your child to set goals to improve weaknesses as well as maintain strengths.  While praise is important when a student does well, take time to discuss the time when they don't do so well.  Assure your child that one not-so-great test/project score is not the "end of the world," but rather a chance to improve.  Doing one's absolute best is what really counts!
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Last Modified on July 15, 2009