The most effective learning strategies require creating a fun and individualized learning environment. This can be achieved by making connections between historical events and what's trending now in terms of global news stories. While not all news stories can be covered and commented upon, a general sampling can provide a general framework upon which cognitive thinking skills can be applied.
Kids should receive ongoing, individual feedback and be acknowledged for their improvement and progress - not just the final product. At the end of the day, how do you know whether or not you succeeded in enriching your kids? Look at their faces. Are they interested, actively engaged, asking questions, and offering feedback? Are they excited about projects and eager to share their ideas?