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From: mom of 5 (
Subject:         Re: scheduling
Date: August 2, 2010 at 6:27 am PST

In Reply to: scheduling posted by Carol on July 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm:

Hi Carol,
My second (of 5) child and son couldn’t seem to keep up. He had always been like this, but his high school years were really frustrating for me. I finally had to decide if he was disorganized, bored, lazy, or if the work was just too hard for him. I did this by REALLY making a commitment and started including him in the scheduling part. I had a chart made up of when each chapter should be started. He would sit with me on Sunday and we would write all his assignments for the next week in his planner. Then every day from 3:45-4:00 “progress” was scheduled. We would check all of his work to see if he completed each assignment. This went terrible for about the first month. Things were not complete and daily grades were terrible in math. He was saying he didn’t understand the material. All sorts of excuses. This was really crazy for me, but I got into his classes. I made sure he had his books out, I’d pay close attention to what he was doing for the hour, and I would talk about his school on a daily basis. I’d challenge him with a history question, or have him tell one of his siblings about something in his science. Or if he was studying percents in Math, I would mention that another one was also studying percents also. A few times I would send the struggling 5th grader to him to get help on a math problem. When I made his school the topic of our conversations instead of his hunting or biking or his friends, his school became cool. I went from checking on his classes after each hour to just our “scheduling meeting” on Sunday. AND it has worked so well that now I schedule with each child every Sunday. Mondays are MUCH more organized. And I have another child that needs the “progress check” from 3:45 to 4:00. So it was about organizing and making it important. He wasn’t really lazy and the work wasn’t really too much. I guess as the younger siblings got a little older, it was a lot of work and I assumed the older ones didn’t really need that attention about school so much. I was wrong! Good Luck!

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