How to Prepare Sixth Graders for the New School Year

How to Prepare Sixth Graders for the New School Year

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 14:57

One of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of the year is the first day of school. On the one hand, kids are excited to meet their new teachers and make new friends. They might look forward to a new schedule, getting a locker, starting new sports, and returning to their favorite extracurricular activities. On the other hand, they might be nervous about studying new subjects, fitting in, and other challenges. 

The nerves associated with the first day of school may be heightened by starting at a completely new school and phase of education. Starting sixth grade is a big deal. It’s the beginning of middle school. 


For many preteens, it means increased freedom but more responsibility. It is a time when your child will begin implementing the lessons and morals you’ve been instilling since they were young. 

Your child might be nervous about starting middle school. As they approach their first day of sixth grade, you want to make sure they are as prepared as possible. In this post, we are providing tools to help your child get ready for sixth grade.

Five Tips for Helping Your Student Prepare for Sixth Grade

1) Practice Reading, Writing, and Math

Your child will read a variety of texts and literary themes in their language arts classrooms as they make the transition to middle school. Your student will write more complex stories, such as news pieces, novels, poetry, and narratives. Encourage your child to read and write for fifteen minutes every day to strengthen their reading and writing skills.

Children who write frequently will acquire superior research skills for gathering, evaluating, organizing, and expressing knowledge. The more reading and writing practice students receive in the elementary years and the summer before sixth grade, the more prepared they will be for new difficulties.

In fifth-grade math, your child will learn about ratios, geometry, statistics, long division, and other subjects. As middle school approaches, you can help prepare them by having them apply their math knowledge to real-world challenges.

Challenge your rising sixth-grader to:

  • Calculate the gratuity on the restaurant bill.
  • Calculate the ultimate cost of products while you are shopping, taking into account sales tax and discounts.
  • Calculate gas mileage when traveling during the summer.

Practicing the subjects, they’ll study in sixth grade and throughout middle school will help take some of the nervousness out of their upcoming first day. 

2) Establish an Effective School Routine

Middle school can be challenging, so developing a solid routine is essential. Your routine must accommodate both the character of your child and the schedule of your household. You will want your student to take part in preparing their routine. Some tips for establishing a routine include:

  1. Digital: Establish a cloud-based digital calendar that parents and students can see. 
  2. Traditional: Establish a physical calendar that’s in a prominent place in the home. Update it regularly. 
  3. Everything: Make sure your calendars include everything. 
  4. Exercise: Physical activities should be part of your child’s routine. 
  5. Nutrition: Make sure eating healthy meals is part of your child’s routine. 
  6. Fun: All work and no play can heighten stress. Make sure you build some fun into your routine.
  7. Evaluate: Regularly evaluate your routine and make sure it works for everyone. 

3) Develop and Practice Good Study Habits

Because your middle schooler will now have a lot of tasks from several teachers, planning is crucial when studying for tests. Make sure you are informed about future exams and that your child has enough time to prepare. Develop a study plan with your student and work with them to determine how much time they will spend preparing for tests and reinforcing what they've learned.

4) Set Homework Expectations and Goals

The difficulty of schoolwork will rise as they start middle school. Over time, falling behind will only increase, resulting in worry and anxiety. Middle school students typically have one to two hours of homework each night.

Make sure your child has a distraction-free, peaceful workspace that is well-lit, supplied with school supplies, and personalized. Interruptions should be minimized, including the television, phone, and websites other than those for your schoolwork. 

Make sure your child isn't getting sidetracked by checking in on them frequently. Set objectives, evaluate performance, give praise, and reward your middle schooler when they succeed while giving them compassionate criticism when they falter.

5) Maintain Open Communication with Your Child

Your sweet elementary-aged student is growing up and going through changes. The conversations that once flowed naturally may prove more difficult. You may have to pry a little harder to get them to open up about how things are going. Nevertheless, you must still try your best to make sure your child knows you’re still on their team. 

As your child starts sixth grade, keep asking the questions that get on their nerves! They’ll answer eventually. 

Consider Haywood Christian Academy

One of the ways to make the transition easier is by choosing a school with a supportive environment that prioritizes community. Haywood Christian Academy is a Christ-centered, Christian private school in Waynesville. 

We have smaller class sizes that help facilitate community and discipleship. While entering sixth grade is still a milestone, it is much less daunting at HCA. 

If you would like your child to be part of Haywood Christian Academy, contact our team today! We will be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about how your student will thrive in middle school at HCA.