At our local school, only the third and fourth grades participate in the singing part of the holiday program. Monica is a fourth-grader, so I went with the family to watch the performance. It's always funny to watch kid programs. The biggest hoot of the evening were the fifth-and-sixth-grade bands. Keep in mind this is a small school, so there isn't a vast ocean of talent; more like a puddle-full. And I know the kids were doing the best they could. Everybody has to start someplace; let's just say there was lots of room for improvement. It didn't help that the fifth-grade band consisted of about six drums and four horns, which made it rather unbalanced.
Now, on another subject:
Both my daughter's girls are very intelligent, and learn easily. Monica usually knows her spelling words the first time we go over them, and Natalie always knows hers.
Monica is a voracious reader. But she hates doing book reports, so she just doesn't do them.
Natalie's biggest problem is that at least twice a week, she'll either leave her schoolwork at home in the morning, or leave her homework at school in the afternoon. And she really doesn't care.
It's hard for me to watch kids who are capable of straight A's behaving in such mediocre ways, and I'm trying to help, since I see them more during the week than their parents do (not counting the time they're sleeping, of course).
I searched on line and came up with some printable charts, and bought stickers. To start with, Natalie's job is to remember her stuff, and Monica's is to help her remember. If Natalie does well, they both get a sticker. On days they've done a book report, they get an extra sticker. Ten days of stickers gets them a trip to McDonald's.
Yesterday, the first day, all was well. Natalie was beaming with pride. I figured I was onto a good thing here. But this morning, Natalie forgot her whole backpack!
I guess we'll keep the chart system, but we've added something: on days Natalie forgets stuff, no television. I'veordered some appropriate books for their ages at half.com, so they'll have something to read on those days.
Any moms out there with ideas? Will this work?
Gee, when my two kids were eight and ten years old they were getting themselves off to school, locking the house up, and the whole nine yards, because Cliff and I were both at work. Or maybe they were forgetting their homework and I didn't know it.