Getting Off to Great Start Tip #5 Effective Rewards
Written by Ellen R.
There are many reasons parents choose Whitmore School; flexible school schedule, social concerns with bullying, athletes and performing artists have a busy travel schedules, the homeschooling parent wants an accredited high school for their child.
Students choose us for different reasons: no school buses or school lunches, no dress code, no social drama. Whatever your reasons, a good start is essential. In this series, we will share tips from parents who have successfully made this transition.
Tip #5: Establish an Effective Reward System
Your child is perfect in every way and self-motivated when it comes to school work. No? You’re not alone. Some students will push the limits when they get comfortable in this new learning environment. A simple reward system reinforces expected behavior and encourages continued good conduct. Keep in mind, we are not condoning prizes for every deed, but positive reinforcement has been shown to be a motivator for good behavior.
You know your child best. What motivates him or her? Often times, the most effective rewards are additional privileges. Here are a few ideas:
- Add 15 – 30 minutes to break time
- Add 15 – 30 minutes to screen time – TV, gaming, etc.
- Add 15 – 30 minutes to lights out time
- Allowed to select the next family movie
- A trip to the ice cream store
- Allowed to have a friend over for a movie or game
- Allowed to take the car to visit a friend
- Allowed to pick a favorite dinner
Don’t forget to offer praise for a job well-done. Recognition, a pat on the back, or a great big bear hug can be very rewarding.
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Principal and Mom of Alina B – 2009 Graduate
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