But it doesn’t have to be. Parents of not-very-organized kids have found ways to survive the science fair. Here are some of their success secrets:
Make it clear that this is your child’s project. Remind your child that you have already finished 5th grade.
Set up a schedule. This is where most kids need parents to help. Write the science fair date on the calendar and then work backward. How long will it take to do the project? (As many children have discovered, plants will not grow overnight.)
Keep everything in one place. Set up a shelf, a table or a box. Put all science fair stuff there. Buy a notebook that your child can use to record observations or data.
Set lots of deadlines. Six weeks seems like an eternity to a 5th grader. Set deadlines every week. Write them down and cross them off when they’re met.
Try making Friday the due date. If your child has not met the deadline, she can get caught up on Saturday or Sunday.
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