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Middle School: School and Academics Articles

Easing into Middle School

Easing into Middle School

If your child is entering middle school, how can you help? Studies consistently show that, while kids may seem to push parents away, it's a better time than ever to stay involved.

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 ...

Is Your Middle Schooler a Reluctant Reader?

Is Your Middle Schooler a Reluctant Reader?

Some kids never voluntarily pick up a book when they could be playing video games or text messaging. What causes some kids to love reading while others avoid it at all costs?

Ready for Middle School?

Ready for Middle School?

Hormones are raging. Voices changing. Pimples forming. Bodies growing faster than humanly possible. It's time for middle school, whether you and your child are ready or not!

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Find out what teachers recommend your teens and adolescents read to get them ready for school.

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?

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

Other than starting kindergarten, sixth grade is the biggest jump kids have ever taken in school. Not surprisingly, many children feel completely overwhelmed.

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?

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.

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.