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U.S. Department of Education
 U.S. Department of Education 
Margaret Spellings
Office of Communications and Outreach 
Lauren Maddox
 Assistant Secretary
September 2007This booklet is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in wholeor in part is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is notnecessary, the citation should be: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach,
 Empowering Parents School Box:Learning Checklists
,Washington, D.C., 2007.
 To order copies of the
 School Box
(order number—ED003651K):
 write to
:: ED Pubs, Education Publications Center,U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, Md. 20794-1398;or
 your request to: (301) 470-1244;or
 your request to: edpubs@inet.ed.gov;or
in your request toll-free: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4-ED-PUBS).If 877 service is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-872-5327(1-800-USA-LEARN). Those who use a telecommunications devicefor the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY) should call 1-877-576-7734.or
order online
at www.edpubs.org.The complete
School Box 
is also available on the Department’s Web site at: www.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/schoolbox.On request, the
School Box 
is available in alternate formats, such as Braille,large print or computer diskette. For more information, please contact theDepartment’s Alternate Format Center at (202) 260-0852 or (202) 260-0818.
Start With the Basics
The following checklists will give you some ideas about helping your childlearn as he or she gets older and considers college. Tips are also offered inspecific areas in which parents often have questions. Always be part of your child’s educational experience. Here are some things you can do at home to help your child be a more successful student.
Encourage Your Child to Read
Reading will help your child succeed. Start from an early age by reading to your child and listening to him or her read to you. Continue this habit through your child’s early elementary school years. Make sure your child learns letters,learns how to put them together to make sounds, and then, learns how torecognize them on the page of a book. As your child begins to develop his orher reading skills, make sure your child is reading more difficult books. Ask your child questions to see if he or she understands what is being read.Introduce your child to languages other than English. Look for words inEnglish that have come from other languages. If English is not your nativelanguage, help your child learnboth your language and English.
Encourage Math and Science
Show your child how you use math and science in your everyday life. Count with your child and measure things. Answer your child’s “why” questions; if  you do not know the answers, look them up with your child in a book, at thelibrary or by using the Internet. Talk about “causeand effect”—that is, when one thing happens,it makes something else happen.
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