Be generous with praise

Observe you child carefully and comment on the things that are done well.  When you see an area that needs improvement, find the way to talk about it with your child.

Encourage "personal best"

Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home.  Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Make learning a priority

You attitude towards school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child.  Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.

Show interest in school work

* Talk about school each day.
 * Ask to see classwork.
 * Have your child read aloud to you.
 * Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
 * Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
 * Show appreciation for good efforts. 

Offer suggestions for success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:

* Do homework together.
* Apply to what has been learned to daily activities.

Schedule study time

Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions.  Post a family calendar that schedules school activities.