Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3427 Yourchildneedsyoutobeinterestedandinvolvedinhis/heracademic progress. Using these tips will help ensure that your child succeeds in school. Show interest. Attend all open houses and parent conferences. You’ll learn valuable information, and it sends a message to your children that school is important. Know when each grading period ends, and make sure that you see all progress reports and report cards as soon as they come out. If you do not see a progress report or report card, call the school and request a copy. Do not just assume that someone will call you if there’s a problem. Recognize extra effort and improvement, and show interest in your child’s work. Make it a point to acknowledge each academic success, even if it’s just a good grade on a quiz or homework assignment. Discuss classes and set goals. Sit down with your child at the beginning of each grading period and help him/her set realistic academic goals. Your child will better understand what your expectations are, and having goals will give your child something to work towards. At the beginning of the grading period, Kate and her parents decided that she should be able to earn As in math, English, art, PE, and social studies. Since Kate finds Spanish and science more difficult, they de- cided that they would be happy with Bs in these two subjects. You can, of course, offer rewards if goals are met and/or consequences if they’re not. Rewards are particularly effective when you want to encour- age a change in effort or behavior. (Eventually, doing well will be its own reward.) Consequences are most effective when they are reasonable and logical. For example, a reasonable and logical consequence for routinely being late to school might be an earlier bedtime. Never take away a posi- tive activity (sports, school plays, music lessons, scouting) as a consequence. Listen. Talk to your child about what’s happening in school and be a good listener. Tips for Parents