Upper Elementary School
Table of Contents
1. Education as a Priority
2. Value of Classroom Time
3. Transition to Middle School
4. Family Values
5. Parenting Power
6. Support of School Authority
7. Critical Thinking
8. Student Interests
9. Parent Homework Responsibilities
10. Student Interests
11. Family Activities
12. Confidence with Adults
13. Challenges to Parent Authority
14. Family Communication
15. Power Struggles
16. Parent/School Communication
17. Self Esteem
18. Peer Pressure
19. Extra-Curricular Activities
21. Family Leadership
22. Screen Time
23. Moodiness and Sleep Deprivation
24. Time Management
25. Goal Setting for Grades
26. Incentive for Good Grades
28. Homework Organization
29. Anticipating Middle School
30. Importance of Upper Elementary School
31. Middle School Electives
32. Rigorous Classes
34. Moral Development
35. Changing Parent Role
36. Bad Attitudes
The goal for Upper Elementary Teen Success Messaging (TSM) is to prepare parents for the changes that will be happening as their children move into middle school. Their children will be experiencing significant (and sometimes scary) changes in their emotions, their bodies and their brains. They will be preparing for larger and more diverse schools where they are not monitored as closely as they were in their elementary schools.
This is the time for parents to initiate opportunities to give up “doing things for their children” and move into “building independence and self-esteem in their children.” TSM helps parents provide opportunities for their children to interact with adults so that they can become comfortable being their own advocates.
Overarching all of these messages is the constant message: Children NEED their parents. The engagement that children have with their parents in the family environment is central to their cognitive and non-cognitive development leading to adult success.
The Table of Contents on the left shows the wide range of topics addressed in Upper Elementary TSM and there is a sample message below in both English and Spanish.
Example Teen Success Messaging - Homework
Parent involvement in the upper elementary grades continues to contribute to children’s academic success. But as children grow and gain independence and responsibility, successful involvement looks different.
In the early elementary grades, parents tell children when to do homework, they check it, they help children correct their mistakes and they make sure that the homework gets in the backpack ready to go to school the next day. After third grade, content gets more complex and it is time for students to assume responsibility for getting homework done and getting it back to school.
Parents’ roles change to providing support, materials, and structure, checking to make sure homework and projects are done in a timely manner, and helping children figure out when they need tutoring and how to get it. You do not have to be able to work 5th grade math problems to provide successful support for your fifth grader.
The process is gradual but the goal is to get students ready to navigate the homework waters in middle school, when they have multiple teachers with little help from you. This process is generally pleasing to pre-teens who are anxious for independence.
La participaci¢n de los padres en los grados superiores de primaria sigue contribuyendo al ‚xito acad‚mico de los ni¤os, pero a medida que los ni¤os crecen y adquieren independencia y responsabilidad, la participaci¢n exitosa tiene una apariencia diferente. En los primeros grados de primaria, los padres dec¡an a los ni¤os cu ndo hacer la tarea, la revisaban, ayudaban a los ni¤os a corregir sus errores y se aseguraban de que la tarea estuviera en la mochila lista para ir a la escuela al d¡a siguiente. Despu‚s del tercer grado, el contenido se vuelve m s complejo y es el momento para que los alumnos asuman la responsabilidad de hacer la tarea y llevarla a la escuela.
El papel de los padres cambia a uno de brindar apoyo, materiales y estructura, asegurarse de que las tareas y los proyectos se lleven a cabo de manera oportuna y ayudar a los ni¤os a averiguar cu ndo necesitan tutor¡a y c¢mo conseguirla. No es necesario que usted sea capaz de resolver los problemas de matem ticas de 5 § grado para prestar apoyo exitoso a su ni¤o de quinto grado.
El proceso es gradual, pero la meta es conseguir que los alumnos est‚n listos para navegar por las aguas de las tareas escolares en la escuela media con poca ayuda de usted cuando tienen varios maestros. Este proceso generalmente es agradable para los preadolescentes que est n ansiosos por la independencia.