10 Educational Rewards for Your Children
Jun 19, 2012
If your children have done well in school or have gotten all their chores done on time, do you typically reward them with money? This might not always be a good idea. In fact, some discourage the habit of handing out money or food when children get good grades or meet other expectations. Instead, you might consider giving your child an educational or education-related reward!
Reward your child for good grades with things they can use in the classroom or for homework, such as pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks or art supplies.
Treat your child to an afternoon at the library, zoo or national park. Go on a guided tour; your child will learn while having fun and as an added bonus you get to spend quality time with them.
Books are always a great reward. Allow your child to pick out a book or two at the bookstore or from your local library.
For a reward that keeps on giving, consider getting your child a year's subscription to an educational magazine. For young children, you might choose Highlights; for older children, perhaps National Geographic or Odyssey Magazine.
Nearly every child loves electronic games or phone apps. You could reward your child with an educational game or app. There are phone apps, for instance, that can put the complete works of Shakespeare or an entire dictionary on an iPhone.
Match the reward with whatever subject the child has improved in. For instance, if your child has shown progress in math, get him or her a calculator; for great strides in reading give your child a book or their own library card.
If it doesn't prove to be too much of a distraction, you might allow your child to listen to his or her favorite music while they do their homework for one night.
If your child participates in afterschool sports, you might reward them for a job well done by getting them a piece of equipment they need for whatever sport they are involved in.
There are several learning channels available through most cable networks, including Discovery and the History Channel. As a reward, you could allow your child some additional TV time as long as they tune into these types of channels.
In some cases, you might work with your child's teacher to devise a reward. For example, you might arrange for the teacher to allow your child extra time in the computer lab or possibly give your child a one-time 'no homework' pass.
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