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02-18-04, 10:28 PM
...Parents Would Do

1. Be involved. By being involved, you help your childís teacher help your child to succeed. Your child will learn more as a result.

2. Provide resources at home for learning. Use your local library. Read with your kids whenever you can. Have books, newspapers, magazines available around the house.

3. Set a good example. Show your children that you believe reading to be enjoyable and useful by your actions. Read! Also, monitor your childís use of television and video games.

4. Encourage your children to do their best in school. Show your child that you believe school to be important and that you want them to do their best.

5. Value education and seek a balance between schoolwork and outside activities. While outside activities such as sports, dance, scouts, are worthwhile experiences, emphasize that the importance of gaining skills and knowledge are necessary for success in school and in life.

6. Recognize factors that take a toll on studentsí classroom performance:

-Consider the possible negative affects of long hours at after-school jobs or extracurricular activities. Maintain a balance between school responsibilities and outside commitments.

-View drinking and excessive partying as serious matters. These include illegal drugs, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol and other common substances such as inhalants.

7. Support school rules and goals. Take care not to undermine school rules, goals and discipline.

8. Use pressure positively. Donít set goals for your children that are too high or by over-scheduling them. This can put undue pressure on them.

9. Call teachers early if there is a problem so that there is still time to solve it. Donít wait for the teacher to call you.

10. Accept responsibility as parents. Donít expect the school and the teachers to take over parental obligations. Teach basic respect and discipline at homeĖdonít expect the school to teach these basic behaviors and attitudes.