Grownups get rewards for well-done work — employees receive year-end performance bonuses, raises, sometimes even vacations. Shouldn’t kids benefit in the same way? They’re not equivalent situations, most experts agree. School-aged children should get pleasure from just learning and discovering. They should learn to feel that academic success is the result of hard work and that there’s a reward in the work. But that doesn’t mean you should never reward or praise them.
Here are some tips on how to recognize your child’s efforts:
- Be spontaneous: Kids who are aware of grade-incentives lose interest in the task twice as fast as those who didn’t know a reward was coming. So have dinner out to celebrate a good report card or the completion of a tough project. But don’t promise it in advance — and don’t do it for every success.
- Praise effort, concentration, and hard work: Make a point of emphasizing (and celebrating) progress over absolutes: The child who pulls up a C to a B probably worked as hard, or harder, than the one who coasts to an A every time.
- Teach your children that their brains will get strongerand work better the more they use and challenge them — just like their muscles.
- De-emphasize grades: Students who focus on grades tend to lose interest in learning for education’s sake. Instead, note your child’s efficient use of her time, praise her careful preparation for a test, or commend her for putting all her work away when she finished it. Together these are all tasks that make her a better student. Help her see that while grades do still matter (for college admission, for example), it’s education that will really fuel her long-term success.
Now this is what I really wanted to share with you all. Check out these offers. They vary by location, so be sure to call the business first to check if they are participating.
Baskin-Robbins — Free scoop of ice cream for good grades on your report card.
Blockbuster — Free movie rental for A’s or B’s on your report card if you bring it in within 30 days of issuance. Kid’s grades K – 12 are eligible and multiple students from each family are eligible.
Cheryl & Co — Free cookie for every A on your report card!
Chick-fil-A – Free 8 pack of nuggets for your all A’s and B’s report card.
Chuck E. Cheese – Have your child bring in their most recent report card and they will receive Free tokens for good grades, up to 15 tokens maximum per child. (Food purchase required.)
Family Video – Free movie rental for each A on your report card. Students K – College are eligible.
Krispy Kreme – Receive a free donut for each A on your report card (up to 6 A’s).
Limited Too – Report cards may be taken in to any Limited Too retail store within 30 days of issuance and receive $5 off their purchase that day.
Noah’s Bagels – Kids in grades 1 – 8 will receive a free bagel for each A on their report card.
McDonald’s – Free Happy Meal if you have a straight “A” report card.
Peter Piper Pizza – Free 7 inch, 1 topping pizza with good grades on report card.
Pizza Hut – Free Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk with 3 A’s on your report card. Dine in only.
Sbarro Pizza – Student with A’s and B’s on his or her report card gets a free slice of cheese or peperoni pizza and a small soda plus one for the accompanying adult.
Topps – Free gift when you bring in your report card.
Homeschoolers don’t feel left out! You can bring in your report cards too, and there are even some free printables HERE that you can use.