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  • Praise your child's accomplishments

  • Be supportive (through companionship) by sharing ideas and thoughts

  • Develop a keen eye (monitor) what your child is absorbing (books, TV programs, videos, games, etc.)

  • Model the behavior you want your child to follow

  • Compare your child only with him/herself

  • Encourage decision-making and problem- solving

  • Be a good listener

  • Hold your child responsible for his/her school work and their share of family chores

  • Use positive statements in communicating with your child

  • Discipline with love and firmness

  • Expose your children (of all ages) to a variety of work experiences/careers

  • Provide your child with volunteer opportunities to help others in the community

  • Teach character development traits by using appropriate role model


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  • Learn the rules, regulations, and expectations of the school/class

  • Set up regular conferences with teachers to discuss your child's progress and course of study

  • Monitor your child's attainment of grade level academic expectations regularly

  • Visit the school regularly

  • Volunteer at your child's school


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Parenting: establishing home environments that support your children as students.

Volunteering: participating in organized, meaningful volunteer activities at school.

Learning at Home: helping your children with homework and other learning activities.

Decision Making: becoming involved in school planning decisions about school spending, policies, and practices. (i.e. PTA, PTO, fundraisers, advisory councils, etc.)

Collaborating with Community: suggesting resources and services to assist the school in the educational process.


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  • Schedule one family meal together daily

  • Take time to share or listen (no radio or TV) I Provide time to discuss and develop values
    needed at home, school and in adult life (mutual respect, responsibility, spirituality, etc.)

  • As a family, develop consistent family rules. Routinely discuss and carry out these rules

  • Provide time for family experiences and trips to places of interest


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  • Plan for at least 8 hours of sleep each night I Limit junk food and eat breakfast every day

  • Expect 1/2 to one hour of exercise each day

  • Plan nutritious meals with plenty of grains, fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Update immunizations; regularly schedule dentist and doctor visits

  • Lock up all firearms and poisonous materials

  • Learn about child development

  • Encourage cleanliness and good grooming

  • Make available information and talk about alcohol, drugs and other harmful practices

  • Know your child's friends


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Help your child review materials for tests

  • Allow time for family reading, silently and aloud (encourage reading for pleasure by setting a good example)

  • Set aside special homework time daily

  • Limit television to one hour a day (including educational programming)

  • For high school students, limit work hours to allow time for schoolwork and hobbies

  • Provide access to learning games, reference materials, and study guides

  • Help your child learn the testing vocabulary