The BIG Project

by Patrice on October 25, 2011 · 0 comments

in Homework Help

When the child brings home a big project as a homework assignment, it’s natural for the single mom to imagine a beautifully designed and constructed final presentation with all of the bells and whistles. But, unless it’s an art project, how well your child draws, cuts or glues paper together isn’t really the reason for the assignment.

Most big projects are assigned so that the student will learn how to take an idea and find a way to present it within the guidelines. The completed project should also show that the child has a complete understanding of the subject matter.

It’s never a bad thing when the single mom gets involved with her child’s homework, as long as she remembers that it’s the child’s responsibility to do it and all she has to do is be available to offer guidance. Some of the areas that she can help are:

Organization – Feel free to ask questions that will help the child define the project. As the child explains, the creative process can begin and the child might even find a starting point. Have him write down the important parts that have been uncovered in the question and answer period. This will also help him to narrow the focus of his project so that he doesn’t try to include a lot more than he can manage in the time frame given.

Work Area – Sometimes a big project is a BIG project in size as well as scope. This means that it will be difficult for the child to pick up the materials after every work session and put them away. Find an area in the home when the child can work on the project without feeling cramped. Have the child tidy up as much as possible at the end of each work session, but be prepared to be looking at the work in progress on a daily basis until the assignment is completed and brought back to school.

Research – The child may decide that he wants to include information in his project that isn’t provided in the study materials given out in the classroom. The internet is a handy tool for finding out additional tidbits about historical figures, images to include in the project and to give ideas of related materials. If the child isn’t old enough to use the internet on his own, he may need help. Let him suggest the ideas he wants to research and print out the materials he can use to put the project together.

Time Management – Big projects are time consuming. Mark the deadline on the calendar and discuss how long your little student will be working on the project every day. This will help both of you make sure that conflicts don’t interfere in the completion of the homework.

Budget – Some kids dive into a big project with grand ideas and a lot of creativity. Make a list of the materials needed for the project before beginning. If the materials for the project cost too much, try to come up with substitute materials for the illusion of the original idea. If the project requires materials that are unrealistic, remember that you are the parent and explain to the child why he has to rethink his project and encourage him to find another way to present his ideas.


About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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