Start in advance and keep goals small and manageable. For example, the first goal could be “read 10 pages.” This is a goal your child can meet and even exceed. This can spur him to get started on the next goal.
Some other ways to keep your child rolling along on a project:
• Let him work with a friend. Allow your child to invite a friend over so they can work on their projects at the same time. Of course, each should do his own work. But they can share ideas and reference materials.
• Offer some help. Your child should do the work. But you can suggest places to find information or bring him a snack.
• Help him stay positive. Help him focus on the progress he’s already made. Express confidence that he can see the project through.
• Celebrate a job well done. Do something special for your child, such as cooking his favorite meal, when he accomplishes all his goals. Tell him you’ll gladly repeat it after the next project.
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