Help your child on the path to success.
Congratulations on having a student who is interested in ExploraVision. As your child works on this exciting project, he or she will apply knowledge learned across many disciplines, including the sciences, language arts, computer science, history and everyday life. Completing an ExploraVision project can be a just as time-consuming as it is rewarding. And students need their parents' support while they are working on their projects. Please read through the entry information on the website and in the entry packet so you can understand how the competition works. Naturally, the degree of parental involvement will vary with a child's age, but there are some basic ways in which all parents can help.
You are an invaluable resource for your child as he or she goes through the process of putting this rewarding project together. It's important to talk about the project and make sure your child understands what is expected of him or her. By asking questions, you can help your child think through the process and break it down into manageable assignments.
Make sure your child has everything he or she needs to work on the project. Is there a set time each day your child works on homework or projects? Is there a good, well-lit place, such as the dining table or a desk, for him or her to work? You want to provide a homework area that is free of distractions like TV or chatting, but where your child can ask for help if he or she has a question.
Be available, but don't hover. When it comes to homework and projects, try to answer your child's questions in a way that helps them discover the answer for him or herself. For example, when responding to a question, you might ask what they think, how their teacher explained it or where they think you should look together to find the answer.
Let your child know that you recognize the hard work and effort he or she and the team are putting into their project. And take pride in their hard work yourself.