Create a good learning environment at home.  Set aside a special place for studying, free of distractions such as family activities, the i-pod, television or a lap-top.
    Set aside a study time that will become part of your child's regular routine.
    Meet your child's teacher through personal conferences or telephone calls.  Attend school ativities such as Open Houses, Literacy Nights and PTO Meetings.
    Keep on Track:  Ask the teacher to provide you with a schedule of upcoming homework assignments and due dates.  If possible, check out Power School regularly to keep on top of your child's progress and grades.
    Reading:  Get a library card; read and discuss a variety of materials with and to your child every day.  Get books and magazines they will enjoy, such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, etc.  Check out our school's literacy web page for some additional suggestions and information.
    Vocabulary:  Ask the meaning of a new word or explain the meaning of one to your child.
    Math:  Relate math concepts to everyday life.  For example, talk about building things with blocks and count.  You can add, subtract, and divide the blocks.  Use math skills while shopping together.  When traveling, discuss distances, miles per hour and other math concepts.
    Writing:  Children need to write!  Encourage them to have a journal and/or diary.  Look over their writing assignments, check for errors and discuss how to improve it.  Children can journal their sports activities as well as other extra after school activities.
    Communicate:  Don't be afraid to ask your child questions.  Ask to see test scores, homework, and school agenda/take home folder.  This is a great way to stay informed and holds your child accountable for getting their homework completed.