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child needs help with school project lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
29th Jan '13

When you school age child comes home (in this case 9 years old in 3rd grade) with a paper about a project asking for help, how do you help them? what if the child is complaining they have no ideas on what to do and you dont even understand the project? how do you as a parent help them or do you leave it up to them to figure it out?

BrookeT Due April 26; Fort McMurray, Alberta 440 posts
29th Jan '13

I would call the teacher and ask for clarification. If I myself couldn't understand the project I couldn't just tell my child to figure it out.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
29th Jan '13

I help as much as possible without doing it for them. I will give ideas, brainstorm, supervise, and help with little things like proofreading, etc. I definitely wouldn't just leave it up to them if they needed help. Ever.

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
29th Jan '13

i dont have a way to call the teacher honestly. the teachers at this school take DAYS to respond to calls from the parents to the school. (they dont give out a personal number) its actually due on friday. My daughter had told me that at school she had an idea of what she was going to do and when she went to her aunts she and her aunt were suppose to work on it (last weekend) and today she said they didnt because her aunt ended up not feeling good and she spent most of the weekend at with her other aunt who didnt understand the project either. im lost. i should have called her teacher right after the first day she brought it home.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
29th Jan '13
Quoting lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA*:" i dont have a way to call the teacher honestly. the teachers at this school take DAYS to respond to calls ... [snip!] ... didnt understand the project either. im lost. i should have called her teacher right after the first day she brought it home."


What do you mean you don't understand it? What are the directions?

user banned Indiana 33802 posts
29th Jan '13

Contact the teacher and ask her to explain it to you so you can help your child with it.

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
29th Jan '13

well the instructions say its a recycling project. child has to make something with recyclables that can be useful. I shot some ideas at my child (like birdfeeder made from plastic bottle) and she said thats not what the teacher meant and I asked her to come up with a better idea and we could do anything else. I honestly should have found a way to clarify with her teacher before now. but i am hoping that we can get them figured out and done before friday. i was just wondering what other parents did with their kids' projects. I remember while being in school I was always stuck with ALL the work on projects, my mom only bought the supplies (like posterboard) they did not help me do the project in any way.