Educators believe there are several innovative ways students can be inspired to learn. They also believe that meaningful home and class work assigned as special projects can be most beneficial to children- -especially as they advance into upper grades. When parents take the time and interest to play an active role in their child’s school life, they can make a big difference to their child’s performance at school.
Special school projects can have a tremendous influence on your child’s perception and grasp of the topic or subject in hand. Year-long projects, created specifically to suit children’s aptitude and grade level, can range from varied topics in diverse subjects and need not always be directly connected to the curriculum. To get the maximum benefits from these assignments, students need to be constantly challenged as well as helped by their parents to attain peak performance.
Well-meaning adults must be on guard and not step in and overdo while helping their child with special projects. This intrusion could thwart the thinking process of the child and risk squashing his drive to succeed. Instead of barging in too quickly, parents should wait and take the cue from their child if help is needed. This would amount to allowing the child to discover all he can do independently-which could give an enormous boost to his self-confidence.
Here are FIVE effective strategies you can use to help your child with special projects:
* Provide a stimulating environment
A stimulating environment sparks excitement for learning and creates a bigger picture while giving fresh impetus to the projects given. To begin with the basics, a child needs a quiet study area, a special place which he can exclusively use for all home assignments. An ideal environment conducive to learning entails no disturbances from TV, phone or any other gadgets. A handy storage box or drawers for keeping all essential supplies like pencils, pens, paper, markers, calculator, and dictionary should be kept neatly close at hand.
* Establish a routine
Help your child to establish a routine. An established routine yields better results-especially when the child is aware that he has to abide by a set time for study and homework. It could be any convenient time, but maintaining regularity in completing all assignments is the key. It would also be helpful to a child when parents teach their child how to look for relevant information for the projects by referring to books from the library or the internet.
* Demonstrate interest
Your active interest in all your child’s activities can be of significant importance to his performance. Demonstrate to your child that you are genuinely interested in all his activities and academic performance. It would be most beneficial to your child if you first openly discuss and explain the concept of the special project in hand. Listen attentively to his views on the topic and help your child to formulate a plan for the project-especially so, if your child is in the primary school. Encouraging your child to stay focused and organized can help him to perform better.
* Be lavish in your encouragement
As parents, you can have the strongest influence on your child’s performance. Your support by way of encouragement can be the best motivator. Acknowledge your child’s hard work and be lavish in your praise. Timely approbation for the efforts put in, can reinforce the child’s desire to do better each time. Remember your approval and support means a lot to your child; it can boost your child’s future performances and contribute substantially to his good grades.
* Communicate effectively
Communicating effectively with your child at every stage of his development is critical to your child’s progress and success in the later years. You can be your child’s greatest helper in studies or any other special projects that needs to be completed in a timely and orderly manner. Help your child by providing exciting ideas in creating time-charts, maps, drawings, illustrations and models. Through effective communication, you can inspire, enthuse and encourage your child’s creativity by making interesting suggestions like making a sketch alongside the story to enhance the quality of the project assignments.
Educators believe that adult involvement can make a big difference to the child’s academic success; however, it would be wise to keep in mind that unwelcome intervention could be disastrous for your child in the long run and even strain your relationship with him.
The above strategies could be adapted to suit individual needs and talents of the child depending on the requirements of each subject and class. Helping your child with special projects could have a fruitful impact on young minds of all children.
Sources: P.A.R.E.N.T. Approach by Jean Lindsay
Recipe for Good Parenting by Cheryl Saban