Tips for Grades 6-8 

Here are tips for helping students in grades 6-8 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 differences.
  • Model sound spending and saving practices.
  • Discuss how supply and demand impacts lifestyles.
  • 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 times.
  • 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 sports activities.
  • 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 activities, visit .
  • 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 discounted items.

Page Last Modified on Friday, June 19, 2015