Tips for Success:

1. Ask to see your child's planner nightly.

2. Have your child print out his or her grades from the online grade book on a weekly basis. Express your concerns, but also celebrate!

3. Visit teacher agendas/websites at least weekly (daily if needed!). Print them out and put them in a visible place at home. Talk about upcoming assignments.

4. Help your child clean out his or her binder on a weekly basis.

5 Wondering how your child is doing behaviorally and/or academically? Contact your child's teacher or visit the online gradebook often for current grades.

6. Make sure there is a designated time carved into the day for homework each day. Have a quiet place, free from distractions for homework. The same also needs to be true for reading.

7. Set a timer for reading. (There are book marks with built in timers for sale at Barnes and Noble. A kitchen timer or cell phone timer work well also!)

8. Provide a quiet place for reading that is free of distractions.

9. Observe your child's reading habits. Is your child on task or is he/she not able to concentrate on reading?

10. Organization is one of the most valuable skills to learn in middle school. Support school organization (binders, calendars, etc.) by demonstrating and using organization at home (to do lists, a calendar of upcoming events and projects, etc.).

11. Your child wants to watch their favorite tv show rather than read. Set the DVR and have a TV night during the weekend. Include a favorite snack!

12. Read! Sit down and read your current book along with your child, as they read theirs.

13. Talk to your child about his or her current book. Discuss the story. Is it enjoyable? If not, why? Is it just right? Not interesting?

14. Take turns reading the book aloud.