Homework Problem: Missing Materials
It happens far too often. Math book, spelling words, science notebook, reading folder, vocabulary worksheet; at least one of these necessary things fail to make it home after school with your child so that homework can be completed.
It can be soooooooo frustrating! You sit down to help with homework only to find the book, the paper, the chart, or some other vitally key element is not even there…it’s still at school. Grrrrrrrr!
And then the scrambling starts. Do we race back to school on the chance that the teacher is still in her classroom? Do we call a friend? Or should I just send my child to school tomorrow knowing that he’ll get another incomplete homework assignment?
Homework Solution: “Binder Reminder”
Most teachers are more than happy to help with this solution as long as you make it easy for them.
Here’s what to do: Make a list of any and all of the materials your child may need to take home from school and write them on an index card.
Next, laminate the card or wrap it in clear packing tape. Then, ask your child’s teacher to attach the card to the upper corner of your child’s desk and help to implement a simple routine.
When homework is assigned throughout the day, ask the teacher to use a dry erase marker to circle the item your child will need for that assignment. When it is time to pack up at the end of the day, your child should erase the circles for each item ONLY after he places it in his backpack.
This will not only help your child to develop independence, but save you from any more after school scavenger hunts!
Make SURE you reward the teacher with a personal thank you note (an email does NOT count!).
What is Really going on When a Smart Child is Struggling in School?
When smart children or teens struggle in school or have to work harder and longer than they should in order to keep up or make the grade, it is almost always because there are one or more areas of underlying processing/learning skills that are not supporting them well enough.
Accommodations at school or through traditional tutoring may help students to get by, but just coping with a problem for a long period of time is not comfortable and is not the answer.
These underlying processing/learning skills can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through specific brain training.
With the right kind of help, children and adults with learning challenges can work to their potential, comfortably and independently.