Science Project Guidelines for Parents - 
Do's and Don'ts for Helping Your Child

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Help your child plan and complete his or her science project following the suggestions below:


Your Preparation and Role as a Parent


(Students - print this page for your parents)


If you question your own ability to help your child because you were not very successful with science in school yourself, you may help in many ways, regardless of your comfort level in science.

bullet Begin by reading the section with links on 'How to Start Your Project -Students' along with your child.  This will provide the background information to plan and prepare a successful project.  Discuss the steps to prepare the project with your child to make sure your child understands each step.
bullet Planning each step and estimating the time each step may take may be difficult for your budding scientist without your help.  Your experience as an adult will help you to understand that many things take longer than it may seem in the eyes of a child.  If you are thinking of growing plants, for example, it may take several weeks or months for the plants to grow or demonstrate the affect of your experiment.  Several books on propagating plants could help plan the time for growing plants from seeds or cuttings.
bullet If you have a computer at home, help your child prepare a planning chart on a spreadsheet where you list each step of the project and chart the dates for starting and completing each step.  You may accomplish the same planning chart on a piece of graphing paper or budget sheets without a computer.  You can also download a free Science Project Planning Guide from Ergonica on the Download page.
bullet Give your child a reasonable budget for the costs of materials needed for the project.  Many excellent projects can be accomplished with very little expenditures.  For example, seeds for growing plants and related materials usually cost only a few dollars.
bullet Try to help your child find a project that is truly interesting to your child.  If your child is self-motivated by the project, he or she will probably learn much more than by working on a project that someone else selected for the child.
bullet Take your child to the library and ask the librarian to direct you to materials to help with science projects.  You may also visit some book stores and ask the clerk for books on science projects.  We have also compiled a list of science project books from that are listed on our main science projects page.

Do's and Don'ts for Parents

bullet DO help your child with background research.
bullet DON'T do all the research yourself.  Make sure your child reads and understands the important lessons to learn for the project.
bullet DO help your child with the planning process and setting up a planning timeline chart.
bullet DON'T make the planning decisions yourself.  If the dates your child selects to complete each step are too early, help your child understand why the time should be extended and let him or her make the adjustments.
bullet DO help with general supervision over doing the steps of each project
bullet DON'T do the steps yourself.  Keep in mind that learning is gained by doing, not by watching your parent doing.
bullet DO meet with your child every week to discuss the progress of the project.
bullet DON'T choke the fun out of the project by supervising too closely or showing negative emotions.  If you behave like a winner, your child will behave like a winner.  (Winners seldom complain, instead they explain and motivate.)
bullet DO take your child to the book store or library.
bullet DON'T restrict your child from independent research at libraries or online.  If your child can safely walk to the local library, give him or her permission to go with appropriate restrictions.  If you have a computer with online access at home, let your child surf the net with occasional supervision and guidance.

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