|1. Ask about your children's homework - what it is, when it's due - and check to make sure they do it.
2. Provide a quiet place - with a good light and away from distractions - for your children to do their homework.
3. Make sure your children get a good night's sleep each night and eat a healthy, substantial breakfast each morning.
4. Talk to your children about school for at least a few minutes each day to let them know you're interested and you think school is important.
5. Teach your children respect for others and responsibility for their own behavior.
6. Make sure your children get regular health and dental check-ups.
7. Limit children's exposure to TV and video games.
8. Be positive about school. If parents say "I wasn't good in school" or "I really didn't like school," this can turn children away from learning.
9. Check your children's websites regularly to keep informed.
10. Read to your children or look at a book with them for at least 5-15 minutes each day.
11. Have books and magazines appropriate for your children's reading level available for them.
12. Use routine household events to teach about numbers and colors - shopping for food, using a recipe, sorting laundry, etc.
13. Give children small rewards for success (either behavior or academic) at school.
14. Praise them when they get good grades or do their homework completely and without complaint.
15. Take your children to the special programs for youngsters at your local public library.