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Middle School: School and Academics Articles

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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!

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.

Book Therapy: A Middle School Reading List

Book Therapy: A Middle School Reading List

How can parents encourage independence and help tweens cope with middle school? The answer may be as simple as giving them a good book.