He or she might be wondering how difficult the middle school classes will be in case your tween is headed off to middle school. It's true, middle school can be more challenging for students than elementary school, and in general, the middle school experience isn't nearly as nurturing. But it's important for students to know that they may also find them a little bit more interesting while classes may be more challenging.  Students take on more responsibility for their coursework in middle school. They may have to cover more material in class than they're used to, and they may be required to do more outside of class. Expect your child's homework load to increase in middle school. But your tween may find his middle school courses a little more interesting on the flip side. His science class might require more time spent in the lab conducting experiments, or her foreign language class may spend a portion of the year learning about ethnic food, music and culture, for example. It's important for parents to point out all the positives about what their child is learning in school, and to point out that now he or she is a big kid.

The truth about middle school classes

 Your child may be able to choose an elective in middle school in addition to this. An elective is a class that is not required, but that will still enrich your child's education. Elective classes might include art, chorus, band, or home economics (also referred to as independent living). Choosing an elective can be exciting for your tween. Be sure your child chooses the class that most interests her, even if it's not the class you hoped she'd pick. Students in middle schools usually take six courses; English 7, Math 7, History, Science, Physical Education (PE) and an elective. A foreign language might be offered as a 7th required course, or as an elective. That students usually have different teachers for different subjects is one of the things that sets middle school classes apart from elementary school. That means your child might have as many as seven teachers. Learning how to work with more than one teacher can be a challenge for some middle school students, and it's common for students to have complaints about certain teachers, or to dislike them altogether. These situations are helpful in teaching your child how to work with a variety of personalities, and to also prepare him for what's ahead in high school and college. Your tween may worry about finding her classes, or about getting lost, especially on the first day of school because  middle schools are generally larger than elementary school. Middle school teachers may cover class material quickly, and they don't have the time to make sure students keep up and stay on top of their studies. Be sure you check in with your child periodically, to make sure there aren't any issues that you need to know about. These situations are helpful in teaching your child how to work with a variety of personalities.