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Ways to help your child do his or her best

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD GETS ENOUGH REST

The child who stays up late to watch television will probably have trouble staying awake in school. Set a reasonable bedtime and then stick to it.

HELP YOUR CHILD STAY HEALTHY

If you notice or are told that your child has a health problem, has trouble seeing, or has trouble hearing, talk to your doctor or to the school nurse. They can help your child's needs.

SEE THAT YOUR CHILD ATTENDS SCHOOL REGULARLY

When your child is absent from school, important lessons may be missed. Try to avoid your child coming late to school or leaving early from school. Once a child gets behind the class, catching up can be difficult.

KNOW HOW YOUR CHILD IS DOING

Look closely at the completed papers your child brings home. Spend time each day talking to your child about his or her day and work. If they indicate problems, see the teacher and talk it over. Find out how you can work with the teacher to help your child.

CHECK YOUR CHILD'S HOMEWORK

Set a regular time for doing homework and make sure your child does it. If it's obvious that you care, your child will care too.

DON'T COMPARE

Your child is a unique individual. It is not fair to compare any child to a brother, a sister, or a neighbor's child. Some children learn faster than others. If your child seems a bit slower than another, remember that it is not intentional on the part of the child. Make it clear at all times that you love your child for what he or she is and not for what he or she can do. Give praise for accomplishments, but don't criticize your child for not doing as well as others.

If your child is having a serious problem reading, there may be a need for special help. Call the school and make an appointment to talk to the teachers. He or she can advise you as to the best steps to be taken.

Remember, we want your child to do well. So please feel free to talk to us about your child's reading progress. You can be sure that we will do all we can to help.