So, DS is in third grade. He just completed his first "real" science fair project. The experiment part of it went very well. We checked out some science books from the library and he read through them and found a topic he liked. He also wrote his project proposal independently.
However, once we got to the presentation board part of the project, he seemed to really struggle. He understood the concepts and the outcomes of the experiment. But, he couldn't seem to fit that into a structured format.
For example, one of the sections was supposed to examine the findings of the experiment. It was supposed to take up the bottom half of the middle section of the project board. We had some photos to include so I thought a page worth of summary was fine. He wrote one sentence. So, I reminded him of the three things that he observed in the experiment and asked him to write a paragraph for each one, along with a short intro and conclusion. I also helped him flush out some of the verbiage.
After he completed it, I got really worried that I helped too much. Is this something he's supposed to be doing completely independently at this age (he just turned 9)? How do you find that balance??