Newswise — Parents, pull up a chair: According to Dr. Diane Sekeres, assistant professor of education at The University of Alabama, here's how to help your kids do their very best at school:

Your child needs your support and encouragement to learn. The teacher, the child, and the parent are all equally important in terms of attention to the process of learning.

Your paying attention daily to the information that comes home and returning information promptly are very helpful.

Your checking daily that your child has completed assignments and returns to school with assignments is vital.

Planning ahead for projects so that they can be done well without the stress of too little time will help your child learn to organize time and tasks.

Occasional encouragements for the teacher, to let him or her know what you’ve noticed about your child’s learning and growth, help the lines of communication stay open.

Check with the teacher to find out what she or he knows before you complain about something your child relates to you that happened during the day.

Come visit the classroom, eat lunch with your child, volunteer to help out or teach the children about something you know well.

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