When our children were growing up, I required that they keep their rooms neat, have supper with us every day, attend church on Sundays, and do a science fair project every year.

Science fair projects taught our children much more than science. They learned how to research and write their reports and include references to sources they used. They learned how to make attractive presentation boards and prepare slide shows or PowerPoint presentations. They learned how to fill out the bureaucratic paperwork required for science projects. And they learned how to respond to questions asked by judges and how to present their projects before an audience. Their projects earned many awards and scholarships.

Parental involvement in ...

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