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  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Son Wants to Be Retained
    Most children do not "catch up" when held back. Retention won't turn them into successful students unless the reasons for their continuing struggles are addressed. ...
  • School and Learning
    Preschool Expectations
    Another Year of Preschool?
    Find out what benefits another year of preschool might have for a four-year-old. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    ADHD, Reading Problems, and Retention
    Retention in a grade rarely has any positive effect unless there is also a change in the support services that the student receives. ...
  • School and Learning
    Dyslexia
    Dyslexia and Retention
    A child who is happy, well adjusted, and performing on grade level, even if that is below the class average, should move up with his class. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Son Is Not Ready to Graduate
    A mother disagrees with the administrators of her son's school, who believe he has received a "fair and appropriate public education" and should graduate. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Is Retention the Answer?
    Read why this expert feels that retention usually doesn't work. ...
  • School and Learning
    Grade Advancement
    Skip First Grade?
    Skipping first grade is not usually advisable. ...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Nine-Year-Old Retained Twice
    Our expert suspects a learning disability in a nine-year-old, and advises the mother to seek an evaluation by the school. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Repeating Kindergarten
    Repeating a grade at this age can sometimes be beneficial. ...
  • School and Learning
    Acceleration
    Early Kindergarten or Stay with Peers?
    This complicated question has no easy answers, and demands some soul-searching on the part of the parents. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Repeating Second Grade
    Is retention is the best way to educate a child? ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    ADHD, Reading Problems, and Retention
    Retention in a grade rarely has any positive effect unless there is also a change in the support services that the student receives. ...
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Summer School
    Retention may not be necessary with enough skill-building during the summer. ...
  • School and Learning
    2nd Grade Milestones and Obstacles
    Ready to Move Up? Or Not?
    Learn some ways to tell if your child is ready to move up. ...
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    Holding Your Child Back
    Top Signs of Trouble for Grades K-8
    Do you know what's expected of your child this year at school? Find out what skills and knowledge he'll need to succeed in his grade level at school, and look for red flags that may indicate he's not quite prepared academically or developmentally...
    FamilyEducation Staff
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • School and Learning
    Holding Your Child Back
    Choosing to Repeat a Grade
    It's rarely a good idea to hold back a good student simply because she wants to stick around. ...