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Preparing Your Child for the Science Fair

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Six Great Strategies

One of the goals of a parent is to be able to prepare your child for various school activities and events such as a science fair. Here are the best strategies that a parent can do to help a child in their preparation: develop techniques on motivation; guide the child  in selecting topics; integrate the fair with other subjects; set up a timetable.

The success of science fairs relies greatly on the child’s capacity to perform well during a science fair school activity. The preparation is one aspect that plays an important role in the success of this event. Preparation starts right inside the classroom and should carry over into your home…Below is a list of strategies you can try doing, and see a big difference:

Develop techniques on motivation
Think of some motivation methods you can use to bring the spark in your child’s’ eyes when you mention the words science fair. Although rewards are very promising and convincing for children yet, you need to emphasize that the reward, after all, is not garnering a first or second-place medal or trophy. But, just by joining the science fair, each participant is already a winner in his own right. The hard work, patience, and perseverance in doing the project are already worth some recognition. You can give your word that each one of them who joins shall receive a certificate of recognition.

Guide Your Child  in selecting topics
You need to coach your child in the topic selection and choose the types of projects to make. One way to do it is to supply them with books about science fair projects. This will enable them to have a huge selection of ideas. You can also provide them with a vast list of topics by printing a copy and posting it on your bulletin board for easy access to everyone in the room.

Integrate the fair with other subjects
Your science fair should be a cross-curriculum activity where children do not only develop their awareness of science but at the same time express their knowledge about other subjects. Math can be incorporated in a science fair when the child is asked to measure and estimate a particular project. The English subject comes into the picture when the child must make an individual write-up about the finished project.

Include the entire school
One way of going about this is by asking the school librarian to exhibit books specifically on science projects, experiments, and even about scientists. This will liven up the science fair mood among participants.

Set up a timetable
Making a timetable and implementing strict compliance with the planned activities would greatly help you, your child, and their parents. The timetable will serve as a guide for everyone. And, this will surely bring greater chances of finishing the project on time.

Among the many helpful methods in helping children prepare for science fairs, supplying them with good project ideas and topics is crucial. To do so, you can refer to various reading materials, such as the Teacher’s Guide to Science Fair Projects, to give your children the best guidance.

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