happens, children learn little . . . except that they’re incapable of doing projects themselves.
Teachers also know when parents aren’t involved enough. Children have a hard time focusing on a project. And they don’t get the resources they need.
Following these tips will help ensure you give your child the kind and amount of support she needs:
• Try to understand the purpose of the project. If needed, ask the teacher what your child is expected to learn.
• Shift your focus from what grade your child will get—to what he’s supposed to learn.
• Talk with your child about different project options—options that match her interests and ability level. But let your child make the final choice.
• Help your child break down the project into smaller steps. Discuss, for instance, when to shop for supplies, when to do research, complete the first draft and so on.
• Post the final due date and steps on the refrigerator so your child can see them whenever he gets a snack.
• Talk with your child periodically about her progress. Encourage her to ask questions, share her ideas and concerns, and revise her plan if needed.
• Be encouraging. Praise your child’s efforts. Ask questions that show you’re interested in what your child does.
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