Which cash or gadget incentives work best for kids' grades?
Would be good to see any real life experiences.
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This may be a culture difference, and if I haven't misunderstood the question, but in the West Indian culture we don't reward children to do what it is they should be doing anyway.
Rather a charting of effort and how that affects their end result encourages them to try harder when they see the knock-on effect. I haven't found the 'if you do this, you'll get this' to be that useful. What if they are happy not to perform and not get the incentive?
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I've probably misunderstood the question too. But I'm afraid the best incentive is learning for the sake of learning. Many formal and informal educational initiatives already know this and try to develop ways to enhance creative learning skills in children.
I've personally witnessed way greater engagement in kids whose personal interests, passions and emotions are properly nurtured in a careful environment.
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I don't believe in incentives either because what happens as the child gets older ? You may start with a small gadget or cash and by the time the child get into adulthood do you bribe him with a car or a house?
I come from a culture where parents believe that if you're not good in something you work harder to be good at it. My parents were strict but as long as we did our best they were fine with whatever grade we got.
But it's important to encourage a child to do what he likes best and work for the things he's not too good at.
I have young nieces and nephews and their parents where both A students all their lives but they now let their kids explore what they want and not put the same pressure that were put on them as kids.
My younger brother who made C's in school is now a ship captain and makes good money. My parents expected him to do well but never put pressure on him that he would become discouraged because he got C's.
I don't think we were given any incentives growing up other than if we get our education sky is the limit.
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Whoo-ee!! I WISH ! to answers one, two and three ! I'm afraid it's bribery all the in this house ! There is no way my 7 year old gets that if she works hard now it will have a knock on affect on her future. My 9 year old figures life doesn't exist past the school holidays - they just don't get "future". And no amount of fun songs, solid praise, or relaxed attitude about their grades has made them learn their times tables. For them, 12 12s is just plain dumb and boring ! So, my personal favourite is a sticker chart -all three kids collect stickers on - for knowing their tables or spellings or whatever - and when we have 50 stickers we get a family day at the cinema. But my nine year old's favourite right now is when he has earned enough "points" for school effort he gets gold medallions on Clash of the Clans (£2.99 in line purchase) and the seven year old...well, she gets a song downloaded from itunes when she has hit an agreed target. The three year old got a whole movie downloaded on the ipad for having a tough time in hospital a few weeks back....No doubt I'll be bribing them with driving simulation software by the time they're 15 !!