Take a tour of the school. Take advantage of every opportunity to visit the school, tour the grounds, and begin to get familiar with the environment. This will help ease your child's anxiety about getting lost that first week of school. Attend parents back to school night to meet teachers, understand procedures and expectations at the middle school.
Help your child develop an organization strategy. Another big issue for rising 6th grade students is organization. Talk with your child and share ideas to come up with a system they can handle. One important thing to remember is homework assigned on A days should be completed on A days, homework assigned on B days should be completed on B days.
Communication. Keep the lines of communication open between your child and the middle school staff. Be informed of what is going on with your child, ask about their day, know who their friends are, and keep talking.
Be Mindful of your own anxieties. If you have concerns and anxieties about your child moving to middle school, be careful about letting your child in on it. Talk to your child in a positive way about the upcoming experience. Relax. We all made it through those years, and most of us came out just fine. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your child's 6th grade counselor.