Preparing Your Catholic Middle School Student for the International Baccalaureate Program

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As parents, we want to do everything to help our children succeed, both in academics and in life. If you have a Catholic middle school student, there are ways you can help to prepare your student for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. In today’s blog, St. Cecelia’s Catholic School looks at different ways you can encourage your child’s view of learning so that they get the most out of this program.


Build Good Study Habits

Study habits are essential to understanding what you are learning, so developing good study habits early will give children a good head start. Try different study methods to see what your child responds best to. Some children study best alone. Others thrive with group question-and-answer scenarios.

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Establish Real-World Connections

An excellent way to keep students interested in learning is to show them how they have learned in the real world. It’s not enough to read about ecosystems in a stream. Take your child to a stream and look for the plant and animal life you read about. If you are studying the stars, go out for an evening and stargaze to find constellations. Try simple experiments that demonstrate what they are learning in their science book.


Encourage Creativity

Children express their creativity differently, so you should encourage it when you find something your child enjoys as a creative outlet. If your child loves making artwork, encourage them to create with new materials and textures, like ribbons, buttons, or clay. If your child loves to write, encourage them to keep a daily journal to write about anything and everything. If your child loves music, singing, or dancing, help them find a way to integrate that into their lives. 


Contact Us

The staff at St. Cecelia Catholic School loves to watch all children who attend our institution grow and succeed. If you have any questions on the IB program with St. Cecelia’s or wish to speak with a current faculty member, contact us at (727) 461-1200.


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