Best Way To Avoid Your Child Being Held Back and Grade Retention — Improve Reading Comprehension
In this article. “Should Your Child Be Held Back a Grade, Know Your Rights“, the author articulates the case for possible retention. She also does an excellent job of describing how a parent can best share this setback with their child and set them u
Improving Reading Comprehension is Often the Key to Avoid Grade Retention and Your Child being Held Back
In over 90% of the cases we have seen, grade retention or a child being held back is caused by a reading comprehension issue. When we did deeper, we see three common themes:-
– Students being held back are often right-brain learners who do not learn the way the child is being taught
– Students being held back often have attention, eye-teaming and/or related issues.
– Behavior often becomes a problem, when the child is frustrated by their reading and learning problems
What Happens When The Child is Taught to Their Strengths and their Challenges Are Identified and Addressed
Jennifer was a classic case. Second grade retention was recommended, but he parent wanted to avoid it. She called a friend who asked a couple of questions:
– Does your daughter remember places visited, even from years ago?
– Does your child learn best when she sees and experiences information?
– Is your child a lot smarter than the results would indicate?
This is the classic case of a right-brain learner. Jennifer also skipped words and lines when reading and lost focus when bored or frustrated
Parents Chose to Focus on Improving Jennifer’s Reading Comprehension
The school suggested that grade retention was not a big deal. The challenge was the parents were aware of several students who had been held back with negative consequences.
Friends suggested fighting grade retention, but the parents were not convinced Jennifer was ready for grade retention.
They focused the summer on improving Jennifer’s reading comprehension and by the end of the summer she was more than ready for 4th grade. The school tested her and to their surprise Jennifer was at grade level, and by the following February, she was the best reader in her class.
There were several keys to Jennifer’s success:
– The parents focused on helping Jennifer succeed
– The assessment revealed a learning difference and an attention and eye-teaming issue
– The parents set the goal to get Jennifer back to grade level
– They invested in a program that played to Jennifer’s strengths and identified and addressed her challenges
– The parents took advantage of the training offered and became the coach and advocate Jennifer needed
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