Strong Start, Bright Future
Helping Your Child Succeed in School
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Tips For Parents

As a parent, you have a special interest in your child’s education. As you become more involved, here are some basic tips that you may use at home:

  • Encourage your child to read. It’s the single most important thing that you can do to help your child succeed in school. Read with your child right from the start, and make sure there are lots of reading materials in the house.

  • Talk with your child. Talking and listening are major components of children’s school success. By having many opportunities to use and hear spoken language, children are given a tremendous advantage, picking up the language skills they will need to do well in school.

  • Monitor homework, and how much time children spend watching television, playing video games, and using the Internet. Help your child get organized and provide a quiet place in the home for him or her to study. Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television, surfing the Internet, and playing video games. Help your child learn to properly and effectively use the Internet.

  • Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Make it clear to your child that he or she has to take responsibility for actions both at home and at school.

  • Encourage active learning. Listen to your child’s ideas and respond to them. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument, or visits museums and bookstores.

If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more
important than giving everyone the best education.
—President Barack Obama

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