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Middle Years Newsletter September 2018

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A+ Organizing Strategies

    As the school year gets underway, your middle grader will be calmer and more confident if she knows she's on top of things. Strategies like these can help her get organized. 

1. Create "command centers"

    Encourage your tween to keep school-related materials in specific places so she'll always know where they are. She could store homework supplies on a kitchen shelf or in a box on her bedroom desk. Have her choose a spot near the front door for items like her backpack, musical instrument, and gym shoes so they'll be ready to go when she is.

2. Use "5-minute wonders"

    Suggest these habits that take only a few minutes. Before leaving school each day, she can scan her planner to check dates and deadlines for tests, assignments, and forms. That way, she'll know which books and papers to take home. At home, she could quickly leave through her folders and notebooks, then file what she needs and throw away what she doesn't.

3. Keep an estimate log

    What's an estimate log? For the full article, click on the link below. More helpful hints to set your middle school student up for success awaits.

Middle Years Newsletter September 2018