Helping Your Child’s Academic Performance and School Success in the Upper Grades: Front-line Guidance from Family Educators at Way to Grow

photo of academic performance in the upper grades ME guests, Tony Allen & Alison DakotaMany studies have documented a common slump in academic performance and behavior when children reach grades 4, 5 and 6, with the trend particularly striking among children in poverty. There are various theories about why this happens, including increasingly complex task demands in the upper grades, a shift in peer culture and parents pulling back because of uncertainty about how to help their children in this new period of development.

 

The most important question may be what parents can do to prevent this slide, and this week’s Mom Enough guests, Anthony Allen and Alison Dakota from Way to Grow, offer practical guidance based on years of experience working with children and families.

 

Have you experienced this academic performance or behavioral slide with a child in your family? What factors do you think contribute to that slide? What are some of the tips Tony and Alison provided in this Mom Enough discussion?

 

For Way to Grow, click here.

For 4 ways to empower you as a parent to effectively advocate for your child, click here.

For tips on supporting your child’s school success, click here.

For 6 tips for successful family-school partnerships, click here.

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