Public Schools - Tips for Grades 4-6
Ways You Can Help Your Child Succeed
- Pack books when you go on trips with your child.
- Have your child keep a journal on family vacations.
- Select words from a story your child has read and have him/her write a
paragraph using those words.
- Read poems together and ask your child to identify the words that rhyme.
- Talk to your child about a book he/she is reading; have your child talk
about the main characters.
- Use grocery store ads to do comparative shopping.
- Ask your child to explain steps in solving a mathematics homework problem.
- Talk to your child about neighborhood places that offer physical
activities that he/she can join.
- Visit a Chicago Public Library regularly.
- Share, with your child, a newspaper article about current topics in the
- Play board games, do puzzles, and build models with your child.
- Help your child calculate his/her favorite players (basketball, baseball,
soccer, hockey) sports averages.
- Encourage your child to read many books on a variety of subjects.
- Encourage your child to research a project to be entered into the
school's Science Fair or History Fair.
- Visit zoos, conservatories, and botanic gardens together.
- Attend concerts and fine arts performances with your child.
- Take your child to the Art Institute and art galleries.
- Subscribe to children's magazines in your child's name.
- Collect data about vehicles that pass you on the road.
- Sing songs with your child.
- Visit the CPS website:
- Shop at museum stores for exciting gifts.
- Fly kites together. Research kite designs and make variations for
- Monitor your child's TV viewing.
- Watch television programs and videos together.
- Help your child follow instructions.
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