I'm still not all that smart and sometimes have no clue how I made it through courses like history, geometry and chemistry.
My kids are all good students. All are smart and care about succeeding in school and making good grades.
I don't believe it has anything to do with rewarding them for their good grades - but ... we do it!
We have never had a report card, yet, from any of our kids, where their grades were a problem, so we have not been confronted with the "not rewarding" because there were poor grades. But ... we still offer a reward when the report card shows good grades (A's and B's).
I guess my feeling has always been that school is their job. They need to approach it as a duty - a commitment, and if they do it successfully - do it well - then the pay-off will be that their academic success will provide them greater opportunities.
And ... if I see that my kids are putting forth tremendous time and effort and being successful, then I want them to know that we appreciate their hard work - therefore, we offer a reward.
My twins usually request books as their reward. My son sometimes wants a new video game or a special toy - as does Alexis. We usually let them specify what they would like and either agree that their choice is perfectly appropriate (in price, etc.) or not.
My kids have come to appreciate these rewards - not expect them. There has even been times where they will say, "There's not anything I really want, right now."
This is just how we handle grades in our house - what about you? Are you FOR giving rewards for grades or are you On The Flipside?
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Poll results: Should Children Be Rewarded For Good Grades? 11 People took the poll and 11 (100%) said Yes.