Managing big school projects

School Projects

“Mom, my science fair project is due tomorrow!” That was my son. Of course, his sister had spent over a month working on her Science Fair Project while he adamantly asserted that he didn’t have one. Allowing him to not do it and possibly fail was among the most difficult decisions I’ve made in his education, but it was a good move. He received a ‘D’ on his project. He flopped on the couch, knowing he deserved the grade. His sister proudly displayed a much higher grade. What made the difference? Planning. Working daily in small increments on the project.

Other good tips:


  • Completely understand the project, requirement, due dates, etc.
  • Research.
  • Brainstorm ideas, solutions, methods, possibilities, etc.
  • Work at it every day.
  • Double check all points.
  • Pay attention to small details.
  • Go the extra mile.
  • Use professional presentation.
  • Create a calendar with the project in small steps.

What have you done to help your child manage large projects?

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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