Do you think children should get a reward for good grades or should they be expected to get good grades in school? If you give a child a reward one time for getting good grades, do they expect a reward every time?
For elementary school, I pay money for O's in effort. S is expected but if the extra effort is put forth to get an O, I reward it. My son's in highschool. I pay for A's. B's are expected but if the extra effort is put forth to get an A, I'll reward that as well. N's in effort for needs improvement and anything less than a B for the high schooler mean consequences - usually a reduction in tv, computer time.
DD is in 1st grade and they use a number system until next year I think. For an overall report card, we go out for ice cream or something. We have certain goals set in place so that when she achieves them there is a reward whether it be dinner out or a small toy. Last year she "failed"gym but it was due to an unnoticed motor skill delay so we did not take anything away for that.
I do because my children are doing so much better than I did in school. I my Kindergarten child gets to pick something fun. While my middle school child gets money much though a buck for A's and 50 cents for B's. Never thought about C's because she never gets those.
We are having trouble so at the moment I am rewarding good effort and behavior in the week. We have not gotten to the end of the year. I do not plan on paying for good grades but there probably be some kind of reward...
We do for all A's. and we let her pick where we go for dinner. If you don't reward What's to keep the good grades coming home and the kids trying their hardest? But I think each kids is different... Some need more encouragement to continue doing their best, and I think kids "best" vary.
i usuaslly just give alot of praise. but the grandparents always give them money.....they get a certain amount for each A and then a certain amount for every B. so if they want money they gotta keep thier grades up. its always known that its an expectation in this house and that if they are struggling we will help them. they know that we expect them to do thier best. if we see them busting butt and they still get a C well then ill be proud of them for working hard. but i want to see that they are making the effort. they also know if they bring home anything less than a C there will be definate consequences....
We did in early elementary, but now the rewards are ingrained. Making the honor roll is their goal. They WANT to be on that list and would be mortified if they were not. They also now understand that they are in certain classes that others are not because of their high grades. So to answer the question. I think it's great in the lower elementary grades to set a tone and then the pattern will be established.