Parent-Child Activities (Click here for Español)

Parent-child activities can be a powerful tool in helping children learn. Select an activity from the dropdown menu below to download and print.


Elementary Grades:


The booklets listed below share ways that parents can help their children learn.

A Mother's Story - This booklet is the story of a mother who worked with her son’s teacher to help him do better in school.

Parents and Learning - This booklet focuses on parents – the child’s first and most powerful teachers – and discusses what parents can do to help their children do well in school.

Standards Start at Home - This resource provides fun activities to do at home that will help preschoolers get ready for school. It is arranged according to the areas outlined in the Illinois Early Learning Standards, so there are tips for parents and low-cost activities for kids in areas like language, science, & fine arts.

Tip Sheets

Building Good Reading Habits - Most children learn how to read, but not all children get into the habit of reading. These tips will help families become readers!

Discussing your Child’s Report Card - These tips will help the parent (or caregiver) talk about the report card with the student so that you can work together as a family to help the student succeed in school.

Homework is Habit Forming - These tips will help your family establish a good routine for studying at home to make sure your child succeeds at school.

Preparing for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences - This tip sheet will help you make the most of your conference!