Does your child find it hard to meet his school project deadlines? Here’s how you can help him deliver quality work on time.
By Parama Gupta
School projects are an exciting part of a child’s academic life as they make learning fun and help in the nurturing of creativity. Whether it’s working on a science project, a social science exhibit, a literary review or a creative arts and crafts model, school life can never be complete without these projects. Children are given projects to encourage their imagination and to facilitate better understanding of concepts through practical work.
Often, children find these projects very interesting and try to give their best. However, there are times when these projects turn into nightmares. This may happen when your child finds that she has very little time to develop her ideas and finish the project on time. This is when you need to step in to ensure that her work does not go waste and that she is able to complete the project well within the allotted time.
But, before that, it’s important for you to first understand the possible reasons behind your child struggling to complete the project on time. A few common reasons are:
Prepare a schedule and stick to it
Sit with your child to draw up a timeline for completing different parts of the project. Adhering to a schedule will help your child stay relaxed and enjoy working on her project. This way she will leave nothing to the last minute. Allot reasonable time frames for ideation, planning, execution and presentation. Do not allow your child to procrastinate and make sure that she gets to work right from the very first day, devoting enough time every day, till the project is completed. Allow enough contingency time in your child’s schedule and aim to finish the project at least a week before the actual date of submission.
Analyse whether your child’s idea is practical
Sometimes your child’s ideas for projects can be too ambitious and it may not be possible for him to complete it within the deadline. There is no harm in thinking out of the box and going that extra mile to do something innovative. But, he should be ready to devote the time required to complete the tasks involved. Moreover, the material required to put up an exhibit should be easily available. Once you have zeroed in on an idea, make a list of the material required and get them at the earliest. Also, make sure you don’t let your child spend too much time on ideation alone as this will actually leave him little time to execute them.
Understand the project concepts that need to be highlighted
For certain projects, you may have to do extensive research on the subject before you can explain it to your child. Once she understands, she will know how to execute the idea. For this, you may need to pore over her textbooks and do additional research online and offline.
Take expert help and opinion whenever necessary
Even before your child starts working on the project, encourage him to talk to the teacher who has assigned it to get more clarity on what the objectives of the project are. Moreover, you can also get in touch with other experts to clarify any concept that you and your child may be stuck with, or to get feedback and more perspectives on how to make the project better.
Encourage collaborative effort
Group projects are an integral part of school life. Completing these can, at times, prove to be more challenging. But, if you look at the positive aspects of group work, you’ll find that these projects offer the best opportunity to help your child learn many important life skills such as adjustment, co-operation, leadership and team spirit. In group projects, make sure that he contributes and encourages equal contribution from other members. Without meddling too much with his work, keep an eye on the progress of the project and be ready to step in whenever your intervention may seem necessary.
Your active involvement in your child’s academic projects will go a long way in boosting her confidence levels and motivate her to give her best every time she is given a challenging task at school or later in her professional life. This will not only provide her a well-rounded education, but it will also add a new element of fun to her schoolwork. So, make sure you use these tips to help her submit excellent projects and achieve new goals.
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