If you are looking for a fun and affordable way to help encourage and reward academic excellence in your children, trophies can be a great method. My kids love getting trophies and we have a nice place where we display them altogether. When people come to visit, they can view the trophies that all of the kids have earned. While they often get them for sports, I have also taken to buying trophies to reward them for academics and it works great.
Here are some ways that I use trophies for my children’s academics:
1. For getting Honor Roll- awarded every 6 weeks
2. Completing reading programs such as Books and Beyond (once a year)
3. Perfect attendance
4. Winning an academic award or achievement such as top in class, etc
We usually make a big deal of presenting them at home for the family and it helps the kids feel extra special. It shows them that we really do pay attention to and feel proud of the things they do in school. It’s the kind of positive motivation that is really encouraging to them.
You may be thinking that you cannot afford trophies for these events and activities but the best part is that they are quite affordable. There is a site that I buy mine from (Crown Awards) and the average price per trophy is $5. They have some as low as $2.95 and of course, many that are higher. Let’s look at the math on that for a minute.
At an average of $5 per trophy with three children in school, that’s $15 every 6 weeks if they all get Honor Roll. They find it to be great motivation and they work really hard to try to keep their grades up each week. Is $15 really that much to spend to encourage and reward academic excellence?
If you have trouble affording the trophies, then you can consider ribbons or medals instead which are often $1 or less each. If you just can’t or don’t want to spend the money, then you can also print out certificates from your home computer or buy blank ones to fill out and reward your star student this way. Kids love praise, especially when it comes from their parents.
Lots of praise and positive reinforcement for a job well known in academics will encourage them to continue. When you take it for granted that your child has good grades and you forget to praise them, they often give up, thinking it’s not really that important.