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Some Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in School
No Child Left Behind is about school success and building the habits of lifelong learning for success in life. As children's first and most important teachers, parents and families help with both of these goals by being actively involved in their children's learning.
The ideas below for parents to be involved in their children's learning are adapted from Helping Your Child Succeed in School,* one of a number of Department publications for parents that feature the latest research on and most effective practices in areas such as reading, homework and staying drug-free.
Encourage Your Child to Read: It's the single most important thing you can do to help your child succeed in school. Read aloud to your baby right from the start. Babies love to hear your voice, look at pictures and touch the pages. As your child grows older, make reading together part of your daily routine.
Talk With Your Child: Take advantage of everyday opportunities to talk with your child, for example, as you walk or ride in a car together, have dinner or shop. Children who don't hear a lot of talk and who aren't encouraged to talk themselves often have problems learning to read, which can lead to other problems in school.
Monitor Homework: Have a special place for your child to study, set a regular time and check in once in a while to see if your child needs help.
Monitor TV Viewing and Video Game Playing: Set limits on the amount of time your child spends watching TV and playing video games. Spend time watching TV with your child and talking about what you are watching together.
Encourage Your Child to Use the Library: Go to your local library together, get a library card for your child, introduce your child to the children's librarian, and check out books for both of you.
Help Your Child Learn to Use the Internet Properly and Effectively: Spend time online with your child. If you don't have a computer at home, check to see if your local library has computers that you and your child can use.
Encourage Your Child to Be Responsible and to Work Independently: Help your child choose activities that build his or her knowledge, responsibility and independence, and monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends.
Encourage Active Listening: Listen to your child's ideas and respond. This type of give-and-take at home is likely to help your child participate and be interested at school.
* To find the complete text of Helping Your Child Succeed in School, please visit www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/succeed/index.html. To see additional publications and resources for parents, check our Web site at www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml?src.pn.