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Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

In today's standards-driven, no-nonsense classrooms, boys seem to be struggling to follow-through with homework, let alone sit still for five minutes. So how can you help them get organized and on track?

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Science is happening all around us, twenty-four hours a day. Every time we breathe in and out, ride our bikes or cook dinner, we are experiencing scientific events. So why should we limit our child's opportunity to learn about science to one short period of the school day?

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

Kids must become familiar with different forms of writing before they can break free from their sets of rules. Here's a sampling of types of writing, examples of prompts your child may face, and tips to tackle them.

Tackling Theme in Literature

Tackling Theme in Literature

A theme is an idea or message about life, society, or human nature. And it is often the most hardest element for a middle schooler to identify in a book. But by asking questions as you read your child will be able to better identify themes.

How to Start Thinking about College ... in  Middle School!

How to Start Thinking about College ... in Middle School!

Believe it or not, middle school lays important foundations for higher education. And whether it's calendars or coursework, there's a lot you can do now to pave the way for high school and college success.

Introducing the Five-Paragraph Essay

Introducing the Five-Paragraph Essay

In middle school, students are expected to organize, synthesize, and take real ownership of their essays - no small task for kids who are struggling to balance schoolwork, social life, and raging hormones. But the five paragraph essay should make students feel more in control than ever before - if ...

Organizing Your Preteen: Tools for Success

Organizing Your Preteen: Tools for Success

Middle school can be a challenge for even the best of students. The good news is, with some teamwork between the parent, school and child--and a trip to the office supply store--this situation can be quickly remedied once and for all.

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

In middle school kids' bookshelves often starts collecting dust. The good news is that authors are coming up with great techniques to draw kids into the world of books.

How to Be a Homework Helper

How to Be a Homework Helper

Kids often get frustrated and lose interest in their assignments. You can help: here's an age-by-age guide to being your child's homework coach.

Reading: Getting the Main Point

Reading: Getting the Main Point

As a middle school writing aide, I know firsthand that grasping the main idea - or seeing the "big picture" - is difficult for budding readers. So to get practice my sixth graders at Corte Madera School summarize articles from newspapers.