girlsAre you having trouble getting your child to put down their phone? You aren’t alone. Many parents have this same dilemma and aren’t sure how to enforce the rules. After all, cell phones aren’t all bad. They can keep kids safe, facilitate independence and help with homework. Too much screen time, however, can get in the way of school, family time and sports.

The key is balance. Middle schoolers are going to use their phones because keeping in touch with friends is important at this age. The best approach is to provide plenty of opportunities where your child doesn’t feel compelled to use their phone. We have a few ideas to help you out.

Keeping Middle Schoolers on Top of School Work

study center 11 300x225Encouraging often-distracted middle schoolers to keep up on school work can seem like an impossible task for many parents.

Students who did well in elementary school often find middle school challenging due to factors such as a more complex curriculum, social pressures, and cognitive abilities that are still developing. As a parent, the job won’t seem so difficult if you break it down into simple steps – and teach your student to do the same.

The faculty at Alsion Montessori, which seeks to promote the overall development of students, offers these suggestions to help your child keep up on school work:

savvy 300x225Parents seeking the best educational value for their children must weigh the tradeoffs of affordable private middle schools such as Alsion Montessori versus tuition-free public schools.

Let’s look at why parents consider enrolling their students in a private middle school:

girlWhen preparing kids for middle school, parents should keep in mind the social, academic, and practical concerns of their student.

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be daunting for an adolescent. Adjustments that seem minor to an adult, such as learning to use a locker, may be a considerable challenge to a young person entering their teenage years.

Alsion Montessori suggests parents consider each child’s personality when preparing their kids for middle school.

Senior Service Photo 300x300Many parents, concerned their children will forget school lessons over summer break, eagerly investigate activities that keep students academically engaged.

At Alsion Montessori Middle/High School, we view the time between school years as an opportunity for students to unwind while participating in activities that offer fun alternatives to classroom learning. Young people who enjoy a summer of pursuits markedly different than those they experience in school enter the fall semester better prepared physically and emotionally.