Public Schools - Tips for Grades 7-8
Ways You Can Help Your Child Succeed
- Encourage your child to follow instructions enclosed with toys, games, or
items that require assembly.
- Talk with your child about current issues.
- Help your child complete sample college and job applications.
- Select one stock and follow its daily increases or decreases for a week.
- Have discussions with your child about careers that require specialized
training and identify high school courses needed for that field.
- Read books about various cultures and identify similarities and
- Model sound spending and saving practices.
- Discuss how supply and demand affect life styles.
- Help your child understand both sides of a current issue, and encourage
him/her to do research to find out more about the issue.
- Discuss advertisements and how they influence purchase choices.
- Have your child interview someone who lived through an historical event.
- Encourage your child to watch TV shows and videos related to
biography, history, and science.
- Share with your child musical lyrics, and explain how they reflect the
- Support your child's membership in organizations.
- Assist your child in studying the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.
- Encourage your child to participate in school and/or park district
- Expose your child to the fine arts.
- Visit government buildings, financial centers, and ethnic
neighborhoods in Chicago.
- Give educational gifts, such as model-making kits, globes, maps,
science toys, games, puzzles, microscopes, and telescopes, to your child.
- Encourage your child to work on independent science and history
research. For science, see
- Encourage your child to read a variety of literature (fiction,
nonfiction, science fiction, and historical fiction).
- Do a home energy audit with your child.
- Take your child to a restaurant and have him/her determine the tip.
- Have your child use newspaper ads to determine the amount saved on
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