Neither retention nor social promotion alone help a child succeed in school. Children need help to overcome academic or behavior problems. When they are held back, they usually have the same work and the same lessons that did not work the first time. Parents and teachers can work together to find better ways to help children succeed.
The following suggestions illustrate the ways in which you can help:
Talk to your child’s teacher often about classwork.
At home, ask about homework.
Help your child find a quiet time and place to work.
Make sure that your child goes to school every day, eats balanced meals, gets enough sleep, and receives good medical care to stay healthy and alert.
Let you child know that you think school is very important.
Find out more about the school program. Are there other ways to present the lessons that might help your child learn better?
Who else can help?
It’s easy to feel upset or angry when your child is not doing well in school. Making a decision about retention is difficult. In addition to the teacher and the principal, there are many people who can work with you to help your child succeed:
School problem-solving team
School social worker
Special education staff
How can the school psychologist help?
School psychologists are trained in child development, learning, and behavior. They work with teachers, parents, and children to help students become more successful.