When it is time for your child to transition out of the elementary school into a middle school, what can you do to make the transition a little easier for your son or daughter? How can you help your child learn his or her way around the school? What can you do to help him or her adapt to the larger building and more independent learning methods that typically start in middle school? My third son is about to transition into middle school this coming school year and I am not nearly as worried as I was with my older two. Now, I have the information I need to help him get through the transition with ease. Visit my blog to learn everything you need to know to help your child.
Morning meetings are an idea that has become popular in many private schools. Essentially, the children and the teacher have a brief discussion about the day and perform other simple activities to get the day off to a fun start. If your child is transitioning from a public school, they may struggle with this idea. Here's how you can help.
What Happens During Morning Meeting?
Morning meetings take place every day and follow a pretty simple schedule. A typical morning meeting includes the following activities:
This simple activity is designed to get the students in a classroom excited about their day and on the same page with their teacher. In a private-school setting they can be particularly useful, due to the smaller class sizes.
Encouraging Your Child To Participate
If your child is shy, a morning meeting can be a difficult problem, as it will force them to participate in an environment where they might not feel comfortable. Encouraging your child to participate in a morning meeting is tough, especially since you won't be there. However, there are a few ways you can get your shy child to participate:
Creating Their Own Activities
Often, children are encouraged to bring their own activity ideas to morning meetings. There are a few reasons for this: it helps integrate them into the day's activities, and it challenges their creativity. There are a wide range of group activities and games that are appropriate for morning meetings, and it may be difficult for a child to create their own.
However, with your guidance, you can help them create their own games using this process:
Following this process will help your child get excited about their morning meeting activities. It can also help them transition to the more demanding environment of a private school. In this way, they're more likely to succeed.